Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Look at that Shining Star!

I don't have children so I miss out on a lot of moments reserved for proud parents. But over the course of time I have become a member of a few families that have embraced me and who I have grown to love dearly. One of those families is "Team Quake." Even though I own the company, it is still heartwarming to be embraced by the authors I publish.

Right now I want to share a moment that involves a member of the "Team Quake" family. Fifteen-year-old Iris Bailey is currently the youngest author to be published by Quake. In fact, today is the release of her first short story with us--Just one of the Guys.

Not only is Iris a tremendous writer, but she is one of the most brilliant youngsters I have ever met. I can honestly say that there has been more than one occasion when I found myself floundering on my end of a conversation with her. She is just brilliant.

I am so proud to announce that on top of all of Iris's other accomplishments (and I don't even have time to go into all of them), Iris has been accepted into the South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics. If you are not familiar with establishment, it is an extraordinary school for academically talented high school juniors and seniors. The positions for enrollment are limited and well-earned.

I've known Iris for several years, and have watched her grow into a beautiful and committed young woman. I hope you will take a moment to help me congratulate Iris on this accomplishment.

Iris is only one aspect of what makes Quake such a great place for you and your kids to become a part of. It is the creative and personal goals for each member of "Team Quake" to offer entertainment and encouragement for people of all ages to chase their dreams and strive for all that is important to their spirit of survival and success.

Congratulations, Iris, we are all so very proud of you and all you are sure to become.

And don't miss Iris Bailey's Debut Short Story Just One of the Guys available May 1st!


Alyssa Montgomery said...
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Alyssa Montgomery said...

Congrats, Iris!


Norm Cowie said...

What? You never let me embrace you. Every time I get near you shake a stick at me.

Hey, Iris, way to go writer-brainiac chick.


Pam Ripling said...

Major congrats, Iris! Can't wait to read your book. We are all so proud of you!

Norm, shaking a stick at you will do no good. She needs a shaleighlie.


Chris V. said...

Young, beautiful. smart and published! Wow, Hollywood take that! WTG Iris!

Martin Bartloff said...

Norm, What are you talking about, Karen shakes sticks at me all the time. I've gotten so used to it, it doesn't even hurt anymore :-)

Congratulations Iris, way to go girl!.


Mary Cunningham said...

Couldn't have said it better, Karen.

Iris, you are one amazing young lady! So happy to have met you so I can say, "Yep, Karen. She's all that and more!"

You have a bright future ahead of you and I'm sure we're going to hear more and more about Iris Black.


Ophelia Julien said...

Hey, Iris, go, go go! When you get that Pulizter, or Nobel, we can all say we knew you when!

And Norm, Karen lets me hug her. Maybe it would help if you took off those fake fangs and the arrow through your head? I'm just saying.

Nick Valentino said...

Huge congrats Iris!

Melanie C said...

HOORAY!!!!! I'm not at all surprised and but completely estatic! I am so very proud of you. I have May 1st set aside to read, it's the only thing on my agenda for the day. Congratulations on all your accomplishments. XOXO

Teresa M Burrell said...

Wow! Iris, that's wonderful...fifteen and published! Good for you. Tee