Lily felt compelled to write a memoir about part of her time she spent living her life as the fiancé to an elite professional athlete. Not only to give audiences an inside look at that life, but more to motivate and inspire those women who seek to live a celebrity life, to do otherwise. Lily recognizes that there is a fascination with celebrity status and lives and that there are many young women idolizing celebrities for all of the wrong reasons. Women in the media are being idolized at times for their beauty, wealth and immoral behaviors. Lily would not like anything more than to clear the air and help some star struck young women to realize that it is not all what it seems.
Lily met Clay in college and went on to travel the world with him as he excelled in his sport. She experienced it all—the fast life, the fame, and the money—but unlike so many others who were dazzled by the glittering world of professional sports, she managed to stay grounded. She tried to help Clay keep his feet firmly planted on the ground as well—not an easy task, given the accolades and adoration that sent him soaring higher than a jump shot.
If you’re hoping for an acrimonious retelling of Lily’s time with her NBA star, or if you want a tell-all book that names names, you won’t find that here. In the Shadows of Glory … My NBA Life is more than that. It offers an in-depth, poignant account of living day to day with an NBA player—in fact, living with the NBA itself—from the perspective of “a girl who enjoyed life and fell in love with an athlete, a basketball player.”
Lily grew up middle class, attending private catholic schools 1st through 12th grades. Growing up, Lily earned good grades, was involved in many activities, including music, dance, swimming and twirling and had many friends.
After graduating from high school, Lily attended a State University in NY where she studied economics. While a freshman, Lily found herself working as a teacher’s aide at a home for troubled girls. She found this work personally satisfying and would be the 1st of many times throughout her life that she worked with young girls in a mentoring setting.
After two years of college, she transferred to a college out of state where she met Clay, who would become her long-term boyfriend/fiancé and a top pick NBA player. Lily went on to travel the world and experience the NBA life with Clay. They were involved for thirteen plus years.
Lily later went on to attend and complete graduate school, earning an MBA with a concentration in entrepreneurship. Lily later worked as a business consultant and in the Financial Industry.
For various reasons, Lily felt motivated to write a memoir about parts of her life as the fiancé of a professional basketball player. She has developed a new passion for writing, and looks forward to writing more memoirs and non-fiction novels about her life experiences as well as the life experiences of many of the other interesting lives that she has crossed paths with over the years.
Her greatest passion however is to be a motivator and to inspire women to pursue and find happiness and success in their own lives.
Lily is now married with one small child living in the Southwest.
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