New Zealand conference
August 27, 2009, 11:33 pm
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I love going to the New Zealand conferences because I get to catch up with author and unpublished friends who don’t necessarily make it to the Aussie conferences. Our countries aren’t that far apart, about a 3-4 hour flight, but it’s still an international journey with all the hassles of customs and immigration and hanging around airports that involves.

This year was no exception. Here’s a few mates I managed to catch up with…

Daphne Clair, Frances Housden, Robyn Donald and Susan Napier

Daphne Clair, Frances Housden, Robyn Donald and Susan Napier

Frances has several books out with Silhouette Intimate Moments and of course, Daphne, Robyn and Susan are some of the powerhouses of the Harlequin Presents line. I devoured their books when I was trying to get published. Still do.

Outgoing RWNZ Prez Pat Snellgrove, guest speakers, Mary Jo Putney and Melissa Jeglinski

Outgoing RWNZ Prez Pat Snellgrove, guest speakers, Mary Jo Putney and Melissa Jeglinski

Mary Jo was a wonderfully warm and wise speaker at both the RWAustralia and RWNZ conferences. So easy to listen to. Together with Anne Gracie, Mary Jo did a fabulous one day workshop at the Aussie conference that had lightbulbs going off left right and centre.

Melissa Jeglinski (and her gorgeous mum) were very popular with the Downunder crowds. Formerly with Silhouette for a lot of years, Melissa is now an agent with the Knight Agency and took pitches from more hopefuls that you can point a stick at. And still smiled throughout! (Don’t forget those Ninja Turtles, Melissa!)

 

Kylie Short winning the Clendon Award, Barbara Clendon providing the colour

Kylie Short winning the Clendon Award, Barbara Clendon providing the colour

The Awards night was very exciting, with fellow Aussie Kylie Short/Griffin taking out the Clendon Award. Here she is above, framed with Barbara Clendon’s fabulous wings.

Trish,  Annie West and Daphne Clair

Trish, Annie West and Daphne Clair

The Harlequin Author Dinner is always a good chance to catch up with friends. Good food, great company and the noise! When authors get together, invariably there’s a lot of noise. Most of it laughter. Just don’t ask me what my hair is doing in this shot above. I don’t know.

And here’s a picture I really love…

The EDA class of 1999, Yvonne Lindsay (1st), Nalini Singh (2nd) et moi (3rd)

The EDA class of 1999, Yvonne Lindsay (1st), Nalini Singh (2nd) et moi (3rd)

What a difference ten years makes! Way back in 1999, three unpublished writers entered the RWAustralia’s Emma Darcy Award, our then premier contest for unpublished writers. We three finaled in that year’s contest, with Yvonne Lindsay taking out the honours.

It took a wee while, but we’re all published now, Yvonne writing fabulously rich emotional and bestselling stories for Silhouette Desire, Nalini who started out with Desire and who has since blasted her career into the NYT bestseller list with her fabulous Psy Changling Series and more, and me, writing for Harlequin Presents.  Ten years on.  Amazing, and I have to wonder what the next ten years might bring. We shall see.

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What a fabulous pictorial memory of some truly great times, Trish!

Comment by yvonnelindsay

Didn’t we pack a lot into a few short days? I love hanging out with other romance writers:-))

Comment by trishmorey

Trish, you’ve got some wonderful pictures here. I’m smiling just recalling what a ball I had. As you say, it’s amazing being surrounded by all those other romance writers. Tremendous!

Comment by Annie West

Love the photos of great people. have started reading Mary Jo Putney, love your stuff of course and enjoy Annie West (know it took her a while). Still love you best in the plain orange shirt and black.
Wonderful and congratulations, cant say it too often, even if I cant always spell it correctly!
See you soon, Noeleen

Comment by Noeleen Hankinson

Thanks for dropping by, Noeleen, and so glad you’ve discovered Annie West, who writes fabulous fast paced romances! We had a great time, didn’t we Annie? So hard to pack the glad rags away for another year and settle back into it.

Comment by trishmorey

Trish,

It was faaantastic being at the NZ conference. Wish I’d gone there sooner.

Grinning here. Trish Morey says I write ffpr!

Actually, I love that orange jacket too… If it disappears you know where it is.

Comment by Annie West




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