Hi! I’m Maureen C. Berry, but you can call me M. Thanks for visiting. Here’s a little about me.
Before I started to cook and write for a living, I worked as an undercover store detective from 1984 to 1989. Armed with pepper spray, handcuffs and an early 1980s education in criminology, I chased shoplifters for a high-end retail store. This job and its challenges are the first few chapters of my WIP memoir, “Hurricanes, Handcuffs, Pepper Spray, and Scrambled Eggs.”
From 1989 to 1999, I worked as a restaurateur, a title that includes but is not limited to—cook, server, dishwasher a very important job, cashier, bookkeeper, office manager, and babysitter.
From 2000 to 2009, I worked as a food sales and marketing rep, and lastly as a commodity seafood sales rep and buyer.
Then in 2009, I grew tired of smelling like a wet cardboard fish box and began to write recipes for a seafood cookbook. And then I drafted an outline for my memoir. Of course, this was the time when the publishing market started its crash. And since I love a challenge, I jumped right in.
But. I had to learn how to write. You know—essays, food stories, blog posts, recipes, poems, fiction, memoir, tweets. Even a steamy love letter.
I’m still learning.
In 2016 I published Salmon From Market To Plate, the first title in The Sustainable Seafood Kitchen series.
Salmon From Market To Plate when you want to eat salmon that is good for you and the oceans is a narrative-driven cookbook for the conscientious cook who wants to enjoy a sustainable seafood kitchen. Included are twenty Everyday Recipes and ten Chef-Inspired Recipes. Salmon From Market To Plate is available in print and ebook on Amazon. I’m currently writing the second book in the series, Shrimp From Market To Plate.
I’m rewriting the third draft of my memoir. Isn’t everybody?
“Hurricanes, Handcuffs, Pepper Spray & Scrambled Eggs” is a blue collar coming-of-age story set in the Florida Keys during the 1990s. It goes something like this. A reckless and broken young woman finds healing and courage while deep sea fishing, playing in a community theater, and managing a run-down diner in this self-deprecating life-changing tale set in the Florida Keys.
“Thornton Park” a detective crime thriller, is my first stab at fiction and is also currently on the back burner. However, I did receive an encouraging critique of the first three chapters from Ken Sherman & Associates. There is hope for my protagonist Detective Mick Delgado!
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Reflected in my photography is my love for food and for the simplicity of nature. I use a Nikon D90 and an iPhone 5s. I edit lightly and judiciously in Lightroom, mostly because I am a novice and the learning curve is steep. Check out my portfolios.
In 2017 I launched a podcast!
Green Fish Blue Oceans where stories about seafood are good for you and the oceans is a bimonthly A-Z podcast. Each episode runs fifteen minutes and highlights sustainable seafood, environmental issues, recipes and more. Listen on iTunes, Google Play, or on the website greenfishblueoceans.com. (And please subscribe so you don’t miss an episode!)
Need to get in touch? Shoot me an email. And let’s connect. Find me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
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