Eric Hoffer Winner
Best Mystery/Crime Novel

Eric Hoffer Winner
New Horizons Winner – Debut Author

IndieReader Winner
Mystery / Thriller / Suspense Novel

“The story effortlessly balances seemingly disparate themes, including the cultural vestiges of the CIA’s controversial Project MKUltra, French literature, racism, winemaking, and mushroom foraging. Though these threads may seem unconnected, the author deftly weaves them all together into a thrilling, chilling tale exploring mind control, fractured families, and how crimes from the past can affect the present and future.”

US Review of Books


Courtney is an award-winning writer and filmmaker

Words will bring you wherever you wish to go.


Courtney writes fiction and non-fiction: from novels and literary works for university presses to travel feature stories and screenplays.


Courtney’s first screenplay was produced by Moxie Pictures in association with Glamour Magazine. She’s the co-founder of Cosmic Dust Films. 

acting / voice over

A former professional dancer and the national spokesperson for Sam’s Club, Courtney’s on-screen and voiceover work spans all genres. 

Courtney is an award-winning writer and filmmaker with degrees in French Literature and Intercultural Communication Studies from the University of Minnesota and the Sorbonne Université Paris, France. Having lived throughout the world she has worked as a ballet and hip-hop dance teacher in Rio de Janeiro, a camp counselor in the Pyrenées, and an English teacher in Prague.

With 20 years of experience writing travel features, commercial copy, non-fiction, and fiction books and articles, she feels most alive when writing and directing human narratives. Courtney has 17 years of experience in the marketing agency world, has been the national spokesperson for Sam’s Club, and is a director on the board for the Casa de Cultura Brasileira NFP. Chicago-based, she’s the proud mother of two incredible boys. 


courtney lochner author of the french house novel featured speaker

Psychological Thrill Ride Author Talk

October 20, 2023
Voices Studio, Dubuque, IA
courtney lochner author of the french house novel - author reading

River Lights Bookstore Book Talk

October 21
Dubuque, IA
courtney lochner author of the french house novel featured speaker

Barnes & Noble Book Talk

October 28
Naperville, IL


University of Minnesota, MN

Wollersheim Winery, WI

Pleasant Home, IL

Current projects


A four-part series on Courtney’s experience working with a shaman and psychedelic brew in the Peruvian rainforest.


A tri-state cinematic documentary about vibrant characters, organic farming, and community: From City to Farm to Table.


An exciting learning experience about wines, with Courtney in the Sam’s Club Sommelier Series. (no purchase necessary)