Conference Staff

USA Today Best Selling Romance Author Nikki Rome has been a romance junky since a young age.

Nikki writes contemporary romance with a touch of danger and kink. Her love of realistic characters who face real problems provides a story that touches the hearts of many. As a writer, reader and lover of words, it only made sense that she publish her stories.

Now she owns Smut Lovers: The Community. A group of individuals that come together to talk about their love of all things smut. Find her hosting Smut Lovers: The Podcast or running Smut Lovers: The Conference.

Ashley Michele is your neighborhood queer little witch. She likes snark, stuffies and dark, fantastical things. She also enjoys writing about mixed latina plus sized babies such as herself getting to live out their best lives with queer and kinky loving.

She has a BA from Florida State University that she still hasn’t opened. When she’s not doing library things or sending hour long voice notes to someone she loves she can usually be found in her hammock between the trees of her swamp or laying out, listening to an audio while she paints and catches some sun.

Shannon Elliot resides in Houston, TX with her fur baby and writes romance whenever she’s not at the dog park or curled up with a good book. Evidenced by her background in theatre, she is drawn to story-telling and the creative process. Shannon believes that diverse and inclusive stories shouldn’t be the exception, they should be the rule. Happily ever after is for everyone and she aims to write romances that reflect her readers.

Ruthie is a US Army Veteran and former translator from Southern California who now calls Central Maryland her home. If she’s not in her sound booth, you can find her hiking in the trails near her house, playing with her kids, or (of course), reading a book. While book reading is her top hobby, she also gardens, homesteads, and belly dances. Ruthie’s Black and Latine heritage has made her very devoted to bringing books written by authors from marginalized communities to life through audio.