Brief Biography--Virginia (Ginny) Scales-Medeiros Born and raised in rural upstate New York, Ms. Scales-Medeiros now resides in the San Francisco North Bay Area. , Finishing only the 9th grade and getting her GED Ms. Scales-Medeiros has many accomplishments including being an entrepreneur, a real-estate investor, an inventor with multiple patents and trademarks and an animal lover and advocate for animal rights. With her first invention, she won 1st place in a national contest for the best new idea/product . A master marketer, she was a record-breaking salesperson in the auto industry and created over a million dollars of free publicity for her sunless tanning invention, including being an on air guest on QVC. In recent times, she has been a speaker for 100% electric transportation, on the board of Directors for ZAP a PR/Marketing Consultant and can be seen in the 2011 movie, "What is the Electric Car?" Presently, she is focusing on speaking engagements and promotions about her upcoming book, "What is Normal?" and was the on-air interview guest on The Stevie Mack Show, The Personal Best Show in Chicago, upcoming ABC morning show, will be on the Dr. Mommy show and Gap tooth Diva promoting her new book. This is Ms. Scales-Medeiros first novel. She has a Literary Agent and a Publishing Contract too.
I read this book in one sitting. Could not seem to put it down. I found myself on an emotional ride of highs and lows as I followed the blossoming of a young scrappy girl, Sue, into a resilient beautiful woman. I think I would have enjoyed having Sue as a friend growing up. She was quite imaginative, ingenious and resourceful. This book doesn't contain just one girls story, but dips into the lives of several generations. Beautiful. Many life lessons to be learned here. Thanks to Ginny for allowing us readers to take a walk with Sue to discover, What Is Normal.
This was a wonderful book . I started reading it and had a hard time putting it down. At times I would cry and sometimes I would laugh. Sue came alive and I could relate to the abuse she had endure. Sue was a independent person who knew what she wanted and worked hard to make the life she wanted. I would love to see this come alive in a movie.
I was able to sit down and read the entire book in one day. I was horrified, saddened, cheering, angry, confused, let down, built up...all in a matter of 2 hours. Now, that being said, this book is not an easy read. The abuse, the depravity and the level of disconnect "Sue" had to endure can be chilling. I felt a sisterhood with "Sue" and I also wanted to shake her. I loved her and I felt pity for her. As a survivor myself, I think she was as honest as she could be . Maya Angelou encourages us to , "do the best you can with what you know, and when you know better, you do better.." Ginny lives this motto in stunning fashion today. I think Ginny is brave. I think Ginny has a lot to share. I think Ginny showed amazing restraint as a gift to her sons and her son's extended family. God only gives us what we can handle...he sure has a ton of faith in Ginny. I do too. Thank you for letting us see what it all looked like through your eyes.
Where ever you are in life and how you are brought up.. is what is normal to you. There are many things that I loved about this book. She is always learning and watching and doing and shaping what happens; however, the one thing that is subtle is the fact that she is never the victim. She looks at the other guy as if there is something wrong with them not her. It's never her short coming or what's wrong with her. She's abused and lied on but doesn't go, "What's wrong with me?" or "How come that happened to me?" Instead, she takes what she has and works with it. Her life shaped her and made her and she never let it break her.
Told in an entertaining and hard-to-put-down fashion, "What is Normal?" is a gift to anyone who has ever felt hopeless and helpless in overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles of their troubled past to become the person they KNOW they were meant to be.
Although a tale of fiction, I believe all readers traveling on AND off the road less-traveled will relate to many of the experiences of our heroine, Sue Johnson. Sue's lifelong journey of self-discovery and ultimate belief in her true self springs boldly and honestly off of each and every page.
Kudos to Ginny Scales-Medeiros for bravely bringing this incredibly inspirational, empowering and uplifting story to light!
For those of you that like a good read, I would like to recommend to you "What Is Normal" by Ginny Scales-Madeiros. I believe that this book will become required reading in sociology and psychology courses in the future. It is a compelling story of a woman's journey through her life starting in a poor, abusive environment and resolving in the personal success of finding herself and her real feelings. It is ably written with a nice pace and presents a very honest portrayal of a disfunctional family without ever being judgemental. I highly recommend it.
If you're seeking a tale that will hook you from the first page to the end of the story, this is the book for you. Ginny captures the strengths within each of us as we journey with Sue through a very turbulent life where she faces obstacles many would find insurmountable.
From the beginning, Sue is facing hardship, yet instead of falling into the grasp of self-pity, Sue uses the one resource available, her mind, to create the world she wishes to exist.
I urge all readers to contact their local schools and libraries and insist they make 'What Is Normal' a required read. Peer pressure exists, unhealthy family conditions exist, unwanted pregnancies exist along with a long list of hardships our young people face. This book will give them hope where they thought there was none. It will provide a kinship as they realize other people have faced the same problems. It will open communication avenues within schools and other youth-oriented organizations, so they do not feel so alone and lost.
Buy the book! Read it and see why this author and radio host believes Ginny Scales-Medeiros has written a story that not only holds the readers' attention but goes far beyond that by educating and bringing meaning through her words.
Monica M. Brinkman Host of Two Unsynchronized Souls Radio, Author of The Karmic Wheel Series