Darby Baham (she/her) is an author with Harlequin Special Edition, a senior managing editor at a New York City non-profit, and someone who probably has a shoe addiction. She’s had personal blog posts that have appeared in the Washington Post’s relationship vertical and worked in the communications industry for more than two decades. In 2020, the New Orleans, LA native and lover of big laughs signed a three-book deal with
Harlequin Special Edition; the series follows a group of college friends and where they land in work, friendship, and love years later.
Her debut novel, The Shoe Diaries, was released on January 25, 2022. The book highlights the story of Reagan "Rae" Doucet--a young Black woman who has been tirelessly checking off her list of “should’s” and building a perfect life until she realizes she’s just like the hot pink stilettos that have gone unworn in her closet for years—beautiful to look at, but unfulfilled. When she takes on a “risk list,” she learns to trust herself again and finds love with an unexpected person.
With nearly 15 years’ experience as a professional editor, Darby currently works as senior managing editor with The Council of State Governments Justice Center in NYC. There, she manages editorial priorities for the organization and serves as lead editor for some of its most complex projects, including in health policy, housing, mental health, substance use, and corrections/reentry. Darby's editing experience also includes her time as public affairs specialist and publications manager for the D.C. Department of Corrections, writer/editor with the D.C. Department of Transportation, and creator/editor of Modern Teen--a youth centered magazine at Martha’s Table Teen Program in Washington, D.C.
As a writer, she has contributed to Solo-ish, The Washington Post’s column on dating and relationships and Blavity.com, and she ran a personal blog about dating, politics, and shoes for seven years. She also freelanced for numerous magazines and websites, including Heart & Soul Magazine, Elan Extreme Magazine, Honey’s e-Magazine, and The D.C. Examiner website. Samples of her work can be found in the Featured Writing section on this website.
When she's not spending her time enveloped in a great book or making sure the content she edits can reach broad audiences, chances are good that she's somewhere laughing loud and hard. It's her therapy away from therapy. But Darby also believes in the power of giving back. She's previously served as the executive secretary for the Tripod Foundation (a non-profit scholarship organization), as well as their social media manager and newsletter editor, and as the secretary for the DDOT Speak Academy Chapter of Toastmaster’s International, Inc. Prior to her move to New York City, she also volunteered with The Reading Connection, an organization dedicated to encouraging reading during early childhood, especially in disadvantaged communities.
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