Conference Spotlight ~ Diamonds Are Forever conference team (part 2)

Welcome to another of our Conference Spotlights from the


Welcome to the second spotlight on the conference team, ‘Team Diamond’. We have more of our hard-working team  – this time with the amazing talented ladies, Alison Ahearn, Denise Rossetti and Jennifer St George.

Alison Ahearn

Alison Ahearn writes as Harlequin Medical Author, Amy Andrews. She never wanted to be a writer. She wanted to be a fairy then a scuba diver then Smurfette. Eventually, due to the fact that none of these were actual jobs (and no matter how hard she tried she just wasn’t blue enough), she became a nurse. But through it all she was a reader. And she loved words. When she was twenty-two and temporarily out of work she realised the voices in her head were actually a plot and she wrote her first romance novel. It was cold out and she discovered that writing meant she could stay in bed with her electric blanket. She has since written 28 novels for Harlequin (often in her pyjamas) and her proudest moment was winning the prestigious Australian RuBy award for the best sexy romance in 2010. She put on a frock for that occasion.  Visit Amy’s website at 

As Ali Ahearn, she has also teamed up her sister, Ros Baxter, for the book, Sister Pact. You can find more info on them at

Describe yourself in 10 words.
Mother, wife, sister, author, nurse, volunteer. Ball juggler extraordinaire. 

What role(s) are you doing for the DAF conference?
ADay co-ordinator. I’m so excited that we have this professional development day for authors I really want to see it thrive and grow.

What are you most looking forward to at the DAF conference-  as an organiser? – as yourself?
As an organiser that everything runs smoothly which of course it will but that doesn’t stop you from worrying that it won’t.
As myself? Not being president *grin*

Can you give us a hint of your costume for the Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend Cocktail party?
Haven’t thought about it. Wont think about it til the day before then hope I have something in my suitcase I can stick in my hair that will look like I’ve made some attempt no matter how lame. Can you tell dressing up IS NOT my thing?

What’s the most memorable conference moment for you?
I’ve been to a lot of conferences now and I always have a great time and its fantastic to catch up with people I only ever see once a year but I guess my most memorable would be winning my Ruby in 2010.

What advice can you give first timers?
Be open. A conference is what you make it. Don’t expect people to come up to you and make you feel special – be responsible for your own experience.

Denise Rossetti

When DENISE ROSSETTI was very small, she had an aunt who would tell her the most wonderful fairy tales – all original. Denise grew up, as little girls do, but the magic of story still dazzles and enthralls her. On the good days, she likes to think of herself as Scheherazade’s sister. On the bad days – not so much.

A two-time winner of Romance Writers of America Passionate Plume Award, Denise’s work has been described as “darkly intense, warmly romantic, and blazingly erotic”. Reviewers praise her world-building and her ability to write “erotic scenes that exude sensuality without sounding at all cliché”.

She is published with Berkley, Ellora’s Cave and Avon Red. Her latest releases are The Lone Warrior with Berkley Sensation and Guilty as Sin with Ellora’s Cave. The Dark Rose (Four-Sided Pentacle #4) is coming September 2012. Visit her at

Describe yourself in 10 words.
Small, noisy, loves words, high heels, short skirts and glitter.

What role(s) are you doing for the DAF conference? 
Workshop wrangler and working with Zoe Younger on the bookstore.

What are you most looking forward to at the DAF conference- as an  organiser? – as yourself?
Catching up with old friends and making new ones. Squealing. Drinking. Parties, parties, parties!

Can you give us a hint of your costume for the Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend Cocktail party?
Thinking Audrey… But she was so slim. Ack!

What’s the most memorable conference moment for you?
The award dinner where everyone stands to acknowledge their achievements. I come over all teary every year. Love it!

What advice can you give first timers?
Everyone is amazingly friendly. Introduce yourself. Talk, talk, talk! Oh, and get plenty of rest before you arrive because you’ll be totally (and happily) knackered by the end!

Coming September 2012


Jennifer St George

Jennifer  has 20 years marketing and management consulting experience. She held senior roles at Burson-Marsteller (London), Guinness (London), McKinsey and Ford Australia. She completed an MBA and was awarded the Rupert Murdoch Fellowship. In 2000 Jennifer launched an online business and started a marketing company. She won a clutch of awards including Outstanding Sunshine Coast Business Women of the Year and the Public Relations Institute of Australia Golden Target Award. Jennifer now lives in Byron Bay where she writes romance and freelances.

Describe yourself in 10 words.
Determined, loyal, slightly manic and always trying to stay fit.

What role(s) are you doing for the DAF conference?
I’m managing the sponsorship program and media relations for the conference.  I’m also running a media bootcamp session at the Published Author’s Day.

What are you most looking forward to at the DAF conference- as an  organiser? – as yourself?
I’m hoping our wonderful sponsors will enjoy the conference and believe it has been of great benefit to their organisations.
For me, I love attending the craft sessions.

Can you give us a hint of your costume for the Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend Cocktail party?
Hmm, don’t know yet, but as I’m part of the conference team, I’ll have to get cracking!

What’s the most memorable conference moment for you? 
I waked into the Brisbane conference four years ago not knowing a soul.  I was blown away by how friendly and generous (with advice and insights) everyone was.  I also remember watching Kylie Griffin blitz at the Awards Dinner and I thought, I want to be just like her!

What advice can you give first timers?
Be brave and go up and talk to people.  Then, after you’ve found your feet in RWA, volunteer – it’s another great way to met like-minded people, learn heaps and give back to this fabulous organisation!


Thanks, ladies.

Look out for the next conference spotlight on the 9th July.

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  1. Three cheers for ALL of the conference team. It’s looking like yet another magnificent conference!

  2. Love your work, ladies!

  3. You’re all super-awesome women. Thanks for all your hard work!

  4. Thanks ladies – it’s people like you who make RWA go round and such a great organisation to belong to!

  5. Cath Evans

     /  June 27, 2012

    Hello Superfantasic Team Diamond members, Alison, Denise and Jen,
    Thanks for all your hard work. See you at the conference!!

    Love that cover, Denise🙂



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