Courtney Stackhouse is a debut novelist out of Washington DC. She went to undergrad at Oberlin College where she had the privilege of having writer Dan Chaon as a professor. She has chased adventure cross-country a few times, but is currently settled in Silver Spring, MD where she is earning a degree in publishing.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Washington DC area. People are pretty intense there, so I headed out for a change of scenery as soon as I could, and I think my wandering around has helped spur stories out of me. I just recently came back to the DC area to see if things had changed, and see the family, so we'll see what creatively develops out of that decision.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing as soon as I could string a decent(ish) sentence together on paper ... so maybe when I was six or so. I've dropped in and out of actively writing depending on whatever other creative stuff I'm into, but writing is definitely my main and true love.
Desert Nights explores the various substances that can hijack the mind, be they sex, drugs or obsession. Tiny Huff jumps headlong into all three and finds out how hard it is to break free of obsession, and finds those around her are deadly-determined to keep her hooked and complacent. A psychological thriller about a woman attempting to reconcile her past while struggling with a volatile present.