Lisa Scottoline

Literary Voices 2017 Author & Speaker

Lisa Scottoline
Featured Author

Lisa Scottoline

Lisa’s writing career began with her first novel, Everywhere That Mary Went, published in 1994 by HarperCollins Publishers. The novel became a bestseller and was nominated for the Edgar Award, the most prestigious award given in crime fiction, awarded by the Mystery Writers of America. Lisa’s second novel, Final Appeal, was also nominated for and received an Edgar Award. Since then she has written 26 novels, all of which have appeared on bestseller lists, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, and Publisher’s Weekly.

Writing & Books

A list of her books in chronological order is: Everywhere That Mary Went (1994); Final Appeal (1995); Running From the Law (1996); Legal Tender (1997); Rough Justice (1998); Mistaken Identity (1999); Moment of Truth (2000); The Vendetta Defense (2001); Courting Trouble (2002); Dead Ringer (2003); Killer Smile (2004); Devil’s Corner (2005); Dirty Blonde (2006), Daddy’s Girl (2007), Look Again (2009), Why My Third Husband Will Be a Dog (2009), Think Twice (2010), My Nest Isn’t Empty, It Just Has More Closet Space (2010), Save Me (2011), Best Friends, Occasional Enemies (2011), Come Home (2012), Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim (2012), Don’t Go (2013), Accused (2013), Keep Quiet (2014), Have a Nice Guilt Trip (2014), Betrayed (2014), Every Fifteen Minutes (2015), Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat (2015), Corrupted (2015), and Most Wanted (2016).

Lisa and her daughter Francesca also write a Sunday humor column, "Chick Wit", for the Philadelphia Inquirer. These stories have been collected in a New York Times bestselling series of books including the most recent, Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat? Scottoline presently has 30 million copies in print in the United States, not including audio, eBook and various large print editions. Internationally, Lisa is published in 35 countries.

Legal Career

Lisa began her legal career with a clerkship for President Judge Edmund B. Spaeth, Jr. of the Pennsylvania Superior Court. When the clerkship ended, she joined Dechert, Price & Rhoads in Philadelphia as an associate. In 1986, she left the firm to raise her newborn daughter and began writing legal fiction part-time. In 1994, Scottoline re-entered the legal world as an administrative law clerk to Chief Judge Dolores K. Sloviter of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, while beginning a new career as a fiction author, with the publication of her first novel.

Lisa also joined the faculty as a visiting professor at The University of Pennsylvania Law School to teach a course she created entitled “Justice and Fiction.”

Awards and Distinctions

  • Edgar Award, Winner, (1995) and Nominee (1994), awarded by the Mystery Writers of America
  • Named “PW Innovator,” by Publishers Weekly Magazine, April 2004
  • “Fun Fearless Female” Award from Cosmopolitan Magazine, 2004, for embodying independent women in the creative arts
  • Paving the Way Award, University of Pennsylvania, Women in Business
  • il Leone Di San Marco Award, Italian Heritage and Cultural Committee of New York, May 2005, for promoting positive images of Italian-Americans
  • Distinguished Author Award, Weinberg Library at the University of Scranton.
  • Annual featured guest teacher at SEAK, a national legal-fiction writing seminar.
  • One of six best-selling authors chosen for Diet Coke’s literacy promotion.

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Best Sellers

Don't Go

In Don’t Go, she breaks new ground and delivers the story of a soldier who discovers what it means to be a man, a father, and ultimately, a hero. When Dr. Mike Scanlon is called to serve as an army doctor in Afghanistan, he’s acutely aware of the dangers he’ll face and the hardships it will cause his wife Chloe and newborn baby. And deep inside, he doesn’t think of himself as a warrior, but a healer...

Every Fifteen Minutes

Dr. Eric Parrish is the Chief of the Psychiatric Unit at Havemeyer General Hospital outside of Philadelphia. Recently separated from his wife, Caitlin, he is doing his best as a single dad to his seven-year-old daughter Hannah. His work seems to be going better than his home life, however. His unit at the hospital has just been named number two in the country and Eric has a devoted staff of doctors and nurses who are as caring as Eric is...

Come Home

Jill Farrow is a typical suburban mom, who has finally gotten her and her daughter’s life back on track after a divorce. She is about to remarry a great guy, her job as a pediatrician fulfills her, though it is stressful, and her daughter Megan is a happily over-scheduled thirteen-year-old, juggling homework and swim team. Jill’s life is turned upside-down when her ex-stepdaughter, Abby, shows up on their doorstep late one night and delivers shocking news — Jill’s ex-husband is dead...