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Meet Your Publishers: Jessica

Jess

Name: Jessica Becking (Jess for short)

Age: 24

Hometown: Pembroke, Ontario

Colour: The underside of maple leaves on a sunny summer day or the colour of the sky at midnight.

Books: The Picture of Dorian Gray by: Oscar Wilde, Hamlet by: William Shakespeare, Wicked Lovely by: Melissa Marr, There are Little Kingdoms by: Kevin Barry, Walk the Blue Fields by: Claire Keegan, The Colour of Milk by: Nell Leyshon, Mortal Instruments by: Cassandra Clare, Harry Potter by: J.K. Rowling, Three Day Road by: Brian Boyd, Strike/Slip by: Don McKay, The Great Gatsby by: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Atonement by: Ian McEwan, The Bell Jar by: Sylvia Plath.

Food: Artisan Pizza or Grilled Cheese with Ketchup

Dessert: Chocolate Mousse

Coffee: Yes please haha. I do love a good flat white.

Vehicle: Currently driving: Tan Van, Wishing for: Diesel Dodge Ram Truck… but I’m dreaming in technicolor now :p

Vision: Growing up, I had a hard time reconciling my love of reading with the mundane and (often) banal works of literature the school system insisted I read. Why couldn’t we just study Harry Potter? I know why now, but at the time I rebelled, discussing the classics scathingly for their ‘lack of story’. What I lacked the capacity to request as a teenager was a plot driven novel, carried predominantly on dialogue, but with some literary content that made it more than the brainless drivel girls my age were given to read *coughtwilightcough*.

So after studying and discussing and thinking and arguing, I have come to the conclusion that the world needs more transition literature, books that bridge the gap between the highbrow literary world of Margaret Atwood and the fun romps of Rick Riordan. I want strong characters with distinct voices and authors who see and share the world a little differently than everyone else does; Hemingway-esque prose with a little more action and a little less pontification. It is on this premise that River Ram Press was born.

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