Raegan Baker was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. After graduating from high school in 1999, she went on to earn her B.A. in Communications from Virginia Wesleyan College, graduating in 2003. Less than a year later, she applied and was accepted to the Robertson School of Government at Regent University, where she won a scholarship to study abroad at the prestigious Oxford University before receiving her M.A. in Public Policy in 2005.
Raegan’s gift for writing dates back to her teenage years. During her senior year of high school, she penned a story, titled Rediscovery, about her battle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Rediscovery was selected out of thousands to be included in Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul, an edition of the New York Times best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Her story was so well received that, fifteen years after it was originally published, it was chosen to go into the wildly popular book Chicken Soup for the Soul: Create Your Best Future.
After completing college and graduate school, Raegan spent her 20’s and much of her 30’s as a success in the literary world. After developing an interest in Late Imperial Russia/Early Soviet History, she traveled to the archives located in Moscow to research the family of Tsar Nicholas II. She eventually published two books on the subject and is currently working on a third.
However, the book Raegan feels is her most important piece of work to date is Death in the Afternoon: How to Control Drinking in the 21st Century. Prior to her mid-30’s, Raegan was not what many would consider a heavy drinker. However, after building up a tolerance to alcohol and in turn self-medicating with it in order to cope with traumatic experiences, she knew the time had come to reexamine her relationship with alcohol. After much research, Raegan produced this book to help others recognize the myths that involve drinking, which have been created by our society, as well as to aid those who also want to change their dependency on alcohol.
Today Raegan lives in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida area and speaks to schools, organizations and other gatherings about her newfound freedom from the chains of alcohol abuse. She accepts speaking engagements across the state, country and the world.