The book, to be published in 2015, will follow Rhimes' decision to build a family before her career took off, and will cover the challenges of balancing parenthood and professional success. Rhimes is a single mother of three daughters.
"Simon & Schuster is crazy for giving me a book deal as I am clearly in no position to be handing out wisdom," Rhimes said in a statement. "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, Simon & Schuster's vice president and editor-in-chief, added, "Shonda Rhimes is bar none in the storytelling realm. 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."
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