Lilli Scott began her working life as an illustrator following her studies at Pratt institute after which she went on to a long career as a writer. Her professional life crossed genres into advertising, journalism, and speechwriting for elected officials in the New York State Legislature and the United States Congress.
Through the years, she wrote short stories as time allowed and recently published a collection of twelve tales and a memoir that she illustrated with paintings related to the text. She continues to write stories that address the intensity of her characters' fears, conflicts and manifest love in challenging cultural conditions.
Ms. Scott earned a Bachelor's degree at City University of New York and a post-graduate diploma at New York University. A devotee of all the arts, she served as Chairperson of New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Committee Nassau County, is a member of the Long Island Authors Group, the American Society of Botanical Artists, Sea Cliff Arts Council, and sings tenor with Nassau's North Shore Community Chorus.
The American-born child of Italian immigrants who settled in Brooklyn, New York, her heart belongs to Sea Cliff on Long Island's north shore where she has maintained a family home in a former estate stable for fifty years.
Crossing Borders is about people struggling to adapt to culturally changed conditions. Twelve short stories and one memoir tell tales of people who happen upon life's interstices, where chance events propel them into unfamiliar emotional territory with unpredictable results. Many stories take place in neighborhoods peopled by immigrants who, by mid-twentieth century, have established their place in American life for good or ill. Some of their Americanborn progeny struggle in their differences with old world codes of behavior resulting in conflict, guilt and sometimes bizarre rebellion. As alien to our experience as conditions may seem, we will find ourselves responding to the intensity of our characters' fears, hate and manifest love. Self-Published, 2017.