Shaida Escoffery Whitley was born in Brooklyn, NY to Jamaican parents and then relocated to Miami, FL. She studied Creative Writing and Religion at the University of Miami and was the recipient of the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Innovation and Creativity Fellowship for her writing at the University of Miami. With encouragement, she self-published her first novel Idle, Wild, Love. She is now an alumna of the University of Miami and the Graduate School at New York University (MA in Africana Studies). In 2020, she married the love of her life Micah R. Whitley.
Shaida loves to sing, travel, teach, read, watch films and serve at her local church.