Celeste Chaney is an American author, screenwriter, and marketer.

Photo by Ted Roxbury

Photo by Ted Roxbury

Her debut novel, In Absence of Fear, examines what it means to be human in a world of algorithmic absolutism. Can society move forward after succumbing to fear and choosing protection over privacy? Can a mass surveillance state remain a democratic one?

Celeste is a Freedom Forum scholar and graduate of the University of Utah. 

Her writing has been recognized by Writer's Digest and featured in CATALYST and The New York Times Magazine.

Her first screenplay, The Feed, is set to go into production by Passage Pictures.

Celeste lives in a small mountain community outside of Salt Lake City, UT with her husband, Ted Roxbury, and young son.

A compelling novel to tease readers’ paranoia.
— Kirkus Reviews
A thought-provoking novel that will stay with you long after you have finished reading it.
— Readers' Favorite
Remarkable!...Leaps ahead where George Orwell left off.
— Alan Rinzler, Editor

REcognition & AwardS


Celeste Chaney was named a Finalist in the 2016 Utah Book Awards for her debut work of fiction, In Absence of Fear.

The annual Utah Book Award honors exceptional achievements by Utah writers and recognizes outstanding literature written with a Utah theme or setting. 


Her debut novel, In Absence of Fear,  received HONORABLE MENTION at the 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards.

In Absence of Fear was recognized as a Finalist in both the general fiction and science fiction categories.

Celeste's short story The Feed was recognized as a 2015 Writer's Digest Writing Competition Award Winner.

The Feed is now being adapted for the screen and will be produced by Passage Pictures.


Celeste was awarded the 2006 Al Neuharth Freedom Forum Free Spirit Award and Scholarship for her work as a student journalist.