The author of The American Shales, Darbonne has been a journalist since 1984, beginning in the oil and gas fields of South Louisiana. She writes for Oil and Gas Investor and is actively involved in Hart's conference agendas. Prior to joining Hart in 1998, she was the business editor for The Daily Advertiser (Lafayette, La.) and a correspondent for The Morning Advocate (Baton Rouge). She received her BA in English and journalism from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, now known as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.