Interview with Author Sharon Salvaggio - Author of 'Control Your Now'
Please share about your background (where you were born, where you grew up,
siblings/family dynamic, career background , where you live now, etc.)
I was born in Biloxi, MS at Keesler Air force Base and raised in Alexandria,
LA until I was 14 yrs. Old. Then my family moved to St. Petersburg, FL where I have lived most of my life. I have one living brother and one deceased brother. My parents are both deceased as well.
In 2002 I drove to Central America and moved to Belize for 3 months with my son Zachary (who was 16 at the time). I came back and moved in with my oldest brother Michael. Basically I had to start over in life. I had sold everything I had but a few things I had left in storage. I started working at 7 Eleven and worked my way up to store manager. I met my soul-mate and married him on April 16,2004. We currently live in Seminole, FL. I have 2 beautiful step daughters and 3 grandsons from them.
When did you begin your writing journey?
I've been writing since I was in high school. Mostly poetry but in 2002 I took a stab at fiction. In 2007 I started writing Control Your Now but injured my back very seriously and didn't finish the book until 2013. I am currently working on Live Your Now.
What inspired you to write this book?
A divine dream that God gave me. I woke up and I knew that I had to write this book. I had to share how really simple the key to life is. So that became my mission - writing the book. Little did I know that every obstacle that could possibly come my way would. I had a back injury that basically disabled me permanently. It was a fight to get control of the pain and not be out there. So getting my life back became a huge battle that I eventually won. Then I was able to write again and finally found the peace within
myself to finish the book.
Please share about your latest book.
Control Your Now teaches real life lessons to help you change your outlook on life and by changing that you can change your destiny. It's amazing to me how simple the formula is to change your life and you absolutely can change it. Whether it is financially, physically or mentally - all of those areas can be changed by you.
What are some takeaways you would like your reader to get from reading your
Really live every moment of your life. Create great moments. Learn how to
turn any negative situation into a positive one.
How did you decide to publish this book? Why?
I went with a traditional publisher because I received some advice at writer's workshop I attended. There was a publicist of a famous writer at the workshop and he told me if I self publish no one would take me seriously. So I submitted my manuscript and it got accepted. Now it's history in the making.
What is the best advice you have received about writing?
To keep writing. And for me personally to not self publish was a huge piece
What is your advice to beginning writers?
Keep writing and let others read your work. Enter writing contests.
What was your biggest challenge in writing this book?
Overcoming pain to sit and actually write for the first couple of years was difficult. It was actually 4 years after I started the book before I really got back into writing it. Then it took me 2 years of editing before I finally submitted it to my publisher.
What has been your greatest reward in writing this book?
That people get it and use it to change their lives. I've gotten a lot of really great feedback from people that really love the book and they let me know that it has helped them. To me that is the greatest reward is helping people.
Most writers are readers. What book(s) are on your "to-read" list?
Heaven Is Real
Question for fun sake---what was your favorite childhood meal and why?
Fried chicken, mashed potatoes and milk gravy. Chocolate cake for dessert.
I loved it because my Mom would fix it every other Sunday.
I'm a former Chief Financial Officer and Accountant. I spent 23 years in
property management accounting and worked my way up to the top. I retired
to take care of my Mother that had terminal cancer. She lived for a year
and a half and we spent all of that time together. After her demise I moved
to Belize with my son Zack who was 16 at the time. We lived there for 3 1/2
months and then returned to the states. When I returned to the states I
basically had to start over. I had sold everything before we moved to
When we came back we moved in with my brother Mike and his wife. I started
working at 7 Eleven and worked my way up to a store manager. I worked with
them for 2 years before leaving and starting with H & R Block. After H & R
Block I opened my own company as a consultant and have been self employed
During all of this I met and married my soul-mate Steve and we are about to
celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. We currently live in Seminole and
would like to retire in the Keys.