INTERVIEW: THE SHOE DIARIES by Darby Baham Plus Giveaway!

Today, debut author Darby Baham joins us to answer just a few interview questions. Welcome, Darby.

  1. What are the best and worst pieces of writing advice you ever received?

Best: Great writers read a lot and live a lot. Reading great writing will push you to be better, but if you’re not also out living your life, you won’t exactly have a full story to tell (fiction or not).

Worst: That you have to write every day. That’s just not true, and for a while, it made me feel inadequate because I couldn’t do it. But I write and edit for a living, so then turning around and doing that every day with my books was mentally draining. I think the better advice is to find a schedule that works for you that you can maintain and stay consistent with.

  1. Are the experiences in this book based on someone you know or events in your own life?

The aspect of shoes in the book is definitely inspired by how shoes make me feel and their impact on my life. The book itself isn’t directly about me but there are definitely points of the story that were influenced by things that have happened to me or my friends. And there are a few men in my life who might find some of the stories familiar lol

  1. How do you keep your writing different from all the others that write in this particular genre?

Honestly, I think there’s so many different ways that you can tell romance stories that I’m not at all worried about whether my stories will be different from others. We all have various inspirations, various outlooks on life, and different points of view. For me, and my way of storytelling, I tend to pull experiences from myself and the people around me. So, I’m exploring all the fun aspects of romance: the love, the intrigue, the happily ever after–and I get a chance to dig into all the other things that make up that character’s life. I hope it’s a way of storytelling that people will enjoy and find interesting.

Thanks so much for joining us today, Darby, and I look forward to reading your book!About The Book

The Friendship Chronicles: Book 1
Publication Date: January 25, 2022

It’s never too late to put your best foot forward

From the outside, Reagan “Rae” Doucet has it all: a coveted career in Washington, DC, a tight circle of friends and a shoe closet to die for. When one of her crew falls ill, however, Rae is done playing it safe. The talented but unfulfilled writer makes a “risk list” to revamp her life. But forgiving her ex, Jake Saunders, might be one risk too many…

From Harlequin Special Edition: Believe in love. Overcome obstacles. Find happiness.

The Friendship Chronicles/Book 1: The Shoe Diaries

“Reminiscent of Sex and the City and the Shopaholic series in the best possible way. Her stories are a lot of fun and yet she still tugs at your heartstrings.”–Gail Chasan, Special Edition Editor



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About The Author

Darby Baham (she/her) is a debut author with Harlequin Special Edition and a New Yorker of five years who sometimes desperately misses the sprawling shoe closet she had while living in Maryland. She’s had personal blog posts appear in The Washington Post’s relationship vertical and has worked in the communications industry for more than two decades. The New Orleans, LA native is also a lover of big laughs and books that swallow you into their world. Her first book, The Shoe Diaries, debuts in 2022.

Darby Baham’s Washington Post bylines

I had the perfect date dress. Why did it hang in my closet unworn for more than a year? — March 2016

When it comes to relationship advice, sometimes it’s best to ignore your friends — February 2016

I’m the oldest sister in my family and I’m single. And that’s okay. — March 2016

I was afraid to say ‘I love you.’ Here’s how I found the courage. –


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Dayna Linton
Dayna Linton
Dayna is the owner of not only Novels Alive but of Day Agency, a full-service self-publishing agency for independent authors. She has been assisting independent authors to achieve their dreams of becoming published authors for over 15 years. From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling authors to the first-time author to every author in between. Dayna is a self-professed bibliophile. While dancing has always been her first love, reading came as a very, very close second, with gardening coming in as a close third. Dayna is also the divorced mom of four adult children and a very proud grandma. She is also a web designer, social media specialist, book blogger, and reviewer. She's a long-time Disney lover and a Utah Jazz, Utah Utes, and Dallas Cowboys fan. See Dayna's reviews here: Dayna's Reviews


  1. Thank you for sharing your Q&A and book details, I have a confession to make, I cannot walk in heels AT ALL. LOL. I am all about my sneakers and slides. I am sure that I will enjoy reading this book though

    • That’s totally OK, Bea! My confession is that, as much as I loove heels, I haven’t worn them as much in the past 2 years because of the pandemic. Now, I’m having to re-learn how to walk in them haha, so you’re not alone!

      • The pandemic has affected as all in so many unexpected ways, I spent so much time indoors that I get sensory overload when I have to go out and about now. And don’t even get me started on how much weight I gained from being housebound and bored…

    • Thanks, Marisela! That’s definitely one great thing I’ve learned over the years… there’s so many varying interpretations, and I kind of really like that.

  2. Great interview, Darby, I enjoyed the excerpt and I can’t wait to read The Shoe Diaries! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a fantastic day!


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