Sharon and Bea are lifelong friends, raised in Texas, who share a passion for life, love of family and belief in living your dreams. They are examples of achievement and transformation resulting from those who believed and inspired them, in spite of the odds set against them. The ladies have separate businesses and writing goals but they had seamlessly meshed their formal training, knowledge and skills with their life lessons to craft two fiction books: Shoe Fetish 1 and Shoe Fetish 2.
Sharon, The Sole Maven, is the author of a new civil rights biography. Growing up in the 1960s as a person of color proved to be emotional and, at times, turbulent as the daughter of Rev. Dr. L.E. Bennett because he took the selfless step forward to integrate the major telecommunications company of Southwestern Bell/AT&T. The pressures that a civil rights activist endures also affects his family.
Sharon developed a deep desire to research her family history in the 1990s. Her father, the late Rev. Dr. L.E. Bennett, had long studied the family’s history. It was during his genetic swab that Sharon gained a new appreciation for her father’s sacrifice to change the world. She has worked on his biography and done interviews for the past several years. As the daughter of L.E. Bennett, she has explored family archives as well as Southwestern Bell/AT&T records to piece together this man’s remarkable journey from janitor and civil rights pioneer to second-level management.
Always a lover of reading, Sharon began writing through personal journals and poetry in middle school. It was a cathartic release for her while dealing with the expectations as a member of a civil rights family. As a good student, Sharon was on the student council and volleyball team in high school. She participated in talent shows by dancing and did some local modeling. Sharon was Ms. Black Velvet Whiskey and rode the parade float in St. Louis, MO, in 1975. College was mandated even though Sharon was unsure of what to pursue in college. She majored in Fashion Merchandising and Art, and earned a Bachelor of Arts.
During college at Sam Houston State University, Sharon was a college representative for Mademoiselle Magazine, earning her gifts, a letter of appreciation and distinction. Sharon also participated in coordinating fashion shows and writing the event programs. During college, she pledged a sorority and was active with their community volunteer programs. Sharon earned her first bachelor’s in 1979, and her coursework included fine arts and writing classes. Sharon declined initial offers from Ebony Fashion Fair and Cover Girl of Dallas, choosing to marry and raise her family instead.
With her employer, Sharon participated in numerous volunteer programs and foundations to raise funds for the community. She participated in Toastmasters and won a financial award for an idea to improve USAA’s housing computer program.
Searching her heart, Sharon returned to school to studying nursing. While raising a young family, working full-time, and going to school part-time, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Incarnate Word University. Sharon also continued taking extra-curricular courses in writing and art. As a registered charge nurse in intensive care units and case manager for over twenty years, Sharon loved the help and support given to families at their time of need. She completed many courses throughout her career involving psychology, teen and adult development, bullying, domestic violence, marriage, and relationships. Sharon trained and became a life coach to give personal one to one support of young girls and women. Sharon has led in-service health education to the upper administration of hospitals and patients via video conferences. Throughout her work career, Sharon gleaned numerous compliments and letters of appreciation from customers.
Sharon appeared in Atlanta’s Good Life magazine and Atlanta’s Booking magazine. She also won a 2001 Editor’s Choice award from the Library of Congress in poetry. Her progression in writing gleaned the publishing of three poems one in Theatre of the Mind by Noble House. Dreaming of penning a book one day, Sharon finally put her journals together and co-authored a romance novel inclusive of women’s issues, self-love, and self-empowerment. The first entitled Shoe Fetish 1: A Woman’s Love for Her Shoes and Her Men. The second is Shoe Fetish 2: Grown into High Heels. Successful book signings for both were held at Barnes&Noble. Sharon’s third solo writing was a self-help book called Cracks in Your Mirror. Both of the Shoe Fetish Books won Reader’s Favorite five-star awards. She wrote articles that published in fifteen lifestyle magazines and business periodicals such as The Pulse Legal Publication, New York County Lawyer’s Association, Canadian Business Journal, Articles Weekly, Success Magazine, Financial Markets World, Ag Professional, Advance Publications, Inc., Insurance and Financial Advisor,She Adventure and Exchange Magazine. Four lifestyle magazines have interviewed her like SWAG Magazine, Booking Matters of Atlanta, African American Avant-Garde Book Expo. Sharon’s interviewed on several podcast radio shows, as well.
In 2012 as The Shoe Fetish Movement, Sharon gave her first empowerment speaking event at Seton Home for Girls, where Vans provided six pairs of shoes; and, she spoke for the Society Empowered Women (SEW) group, both of San Antonio, Texas. She is a member of the International Association of Women (IAW), Atlanta Writer’s Club, and the Wellness Universe.
Of course, with Sharon’s years of care for the human condition, the civil rights biography of L.E. Bennett became her labor of love. But it also serves as an essential new chapter in the history of the American civil rights movement.
Her favorite saying is, "Plant a seed of thought to Provoke an Action of Change." As such, Sharon has proudly raised an empowered daughter (attorney), and son (aviation engineering).
Bea, The Lifestyle DIVVA, holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction, and is a certified Life Coach. She is an award-winning educator, accomplished author, successful entrepreneur and an established public speaker who has walked the road to healing. Bea has faced and overcome the obstacles of teen pregnancy, divorce, grief, and depression. The Lifestyle DIVVA, she spreads a practical yet powerful message of Determination, Inspiration, Vision, Value, and Assurance. She advocates developing a positive lifestyle that rejects societal and media representations of negativity. Bea travels as an educator and has recently gone into the ministry where she does guest appearances for speaking/prayer/Christian podcasts.