June 20, 2012 4:00am PT by Andy Lewis
Melissa Joan Hart Signs to Write Memoir (Exclusive)
St. Martin’s Press announced today that it struck a deal with Melissa Joan Hart to publish her memoir Melissa Explains It All: Tales from My Abnormally Normal Life in the fall of 2013.
In the memoir--described as "forthright and funny" by the publisher--Hart will write about a childhood split between growing up in the suburbs and being a young star on Nickelodeon's Clarissa Explains It All and then ABC's Sabrina, The Teenage Witch. She promises to detail her rise as a child actor, her rebellious teen years, the difficulties of fitting in as a famous teen and her struggles to balance motherhood with her work as an actor, director and producer. The publisher also promises that Hart will dish on "the actors she worked with, competed against, befriended."
A native of Long Island, New York, Hart starred in commercials and made guest appearances on TV shows before landing the role of Clarissa in 1991 at the age of fourteen. Clarissa Explains It All ran for five seasons, ending in 1994. The next year she landed the lead role on Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, which ran until 2003.
Since Sabrina ended, Hart has attended New York University, appeared on the ninth season of Dancing With the Stars in 2009 and starred in several made-for-TV movies.
She returned to series TV in 2010 on the ABC Family show Melissa & Joey, which co-stars former child starJoey Lawrence as a male nanny for Hart's small-town politician who is suddenly entrusted with the care of her niece and nephew. Season two debuted on May 30, 2012.
Alyssa Reuben at Paradigm Literary and Talent Agency and Gordon Gilbertson at Gilbertson Entertainment represented Hart for the literary deal. Editor Michelle Richter negotiated the deal for St. Martin's Press.