Pretty soon we’ll get to go behind the scenes in the life of the mastermind behind shows like “Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice!” Shonda Rhimes has inked a publishing deal with Simon & Schuster to write a memoir, according to reports,.
Described as “part memoir, part inspiration, part prescription,” the book will focus on Shonda’s “personal decision to build a family well before her Hollywood career began to skyrocket, and to navigate the challenges of balancing parenthood and professional success.”
As a single mother to three daughters, the 43-year-old said she’s made a lot of mistakes, but she hopes her story will help her kids in the long run.
“Simon and Schuster is crazy for giving me a book deal as I am clearly in no position to be handing out wisdom,” Shonda joked. “But I have made a lot of mistakes as a single mother and as a working mother and as a sleepless mother and as a dating mother. And I did all of it while running a bunch of TV shows. So I’m going to write about that and hope my kids don’t use it against me in therapy later.”
Marysue Rucci, S&S vp and editor-in-chief, shared her excitement about the project in a press release. “Shonda Rhimes is bar none in the storytelling realm,” she said. “Now fans of her phenomenal shows can read Shonda’s story in her own words – and marvel at how Shonda built a phenomenal career through her unforgettable television characters and a beautiful family, simultaneously. Readers everywhere will cheer the fearless decisions Shonda has made to achieve happiness. We’re thrilled to be publishing her.”
Aside from being one of the greatest storytellers ever, we watch Shonda in awe as she juggles a top-rated TV show, motherhood and her sanity each week. She’s living in her truth and she makes us all look good while she’s doing it.
The guaranteed page turner is set for a 2015 release. We can’t wait to get our copy!
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