Born and raised on the island of Bermuda on May 1st 1987 to parents Agela Ming and Kevin Bean, Sharla Bean developed an interest in writing at a young age. She wrote her first poem at 8 years old and since then her thirst to create beautiful literature has flourished. Sharla has been described by close friends as a raw and honest writer who captures the "heart and soul" of her subjects. As a young black poet, she speaks to a very urban audience but is able to step beyond her norm and also appeal to more mature and professional crowds. At 17 Sharla became a student reporter for a local newspaper "The Royal Gazette". During her short time as a student reporter she covered controversial and thought provoking issues that caused debate in the community, such issues as local education, teen drinking and homosexuality. She also sat as secretary for her school's student government association and she wrote articles profiling Bermudian people for a local fashion magazine called "Showoff". Sharla was also awarded the title "Miss Originality" in the Hal Jacksons Talented Teen Awards in 2005 for a poem that she wrote and recited. Sharla is well known for her work in her community. She has a "coming to terms with self" element in her writing that allows a young audience to identify with her work. It is evident she offers a sophisticated selection of literary genius distinct to her surroundings. Sharla currently works as a front desk agent at a four star hotel in Bermuda, which serves her passion to observe human behavior and enrich her work. She is currently working on her first novel to be released in summer of 2008.