Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Monica Berry


Attorney Monica Berry went through puberty without her mother and has probably bought more sanitary pads out of vending machines than you have. This month she’s the visitor: on the Oral Fixation stage.

Monica Berry was born in upstate New York and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She attended Midwestern Big Ten schools for college and law school, but ended up in Texas. She’s an in-house lawyer who writes in her free time, believes in fairy-tale endings, and eats dessert before dinner whenever possible.

Fixated Facts:

How did you hear about Oral Fixation? Through the Dallas Museum of Art and from friends.

What inspired you to participate in Oral Fixation? I thought my story fit the theme really well and that there wouldn’t be that many stories about getting your period.

What is your favorite smell? Anything with cinnamon.

What do you want to be when you grow up? A professional dancer.

What is your favorite Dallas hangout? Klyde Warren Park for fun; Daddy Jack’s on lower Greenville for food.

What is the most embarrassing mistake you’ve ever made? Calling my podiatrist and asking him on a date, not knowing he was engaged.

Name one thing you miss about being a kid. Getting stickers for doing a good job.

What is the best book you’ve read in the last decade and why would you recommend it? The Lace Reader, by Brunonia Barry. I tried to “save” reading it and let myself read only a certain amount of pages in one sitting, since I didn’t want the book to end.

Sneak peek: “In those strangers’ bathroom, I resorted to a new low — stealing feminine hygiene products. I raced up the stairs to the floral bathroom shared by the sisters and ransacked it. Underneath the sink, I found a box of pads a fourth of the way gone and stuffed as many as I could into my blue Liz Claiborne shorts pockets.”

Don’t miss Monica’s coming-of-age story on October 13 and 15! 

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