The Real Alex From 'Orange Is the New Black' Is Getting Her Own Book

10:53 AM PST 08/15/2014 by Hilary Lewis
Netflix
Laura Prepon as Alex Vause in 'Orange Is the New Black'

Piper Kerman's former friend and lover is set to release her own memoir about prison life and the events leading up to her arrest

Orange Is the New Black author Piper Kerman already recounted her time in prison in her best-selling memoir that was adapted into the Netflix series.

Now fans will get to read Kerman's former friend and lover Cleary Wolters' story.

The real-life inspiration for Laura Prepon's character Alex Vause on the Netflix series has inked a deal with HarperCollins subsidiary HarperOne to publish her own memoir.

The book, titled Out of Orange, is set to be published in May 2015 and will cover her complicated relationship with Kerman, the time leading up to her own arrest and her own experiences in prison.

Pre-arrest events the book intends to cover include how Wolters got involved in an international money laundering and drug trafficking scheme and the dangerous situations and interesting characters she encountered.

“Alex [the character] and Piper have inspired me to tell my whole story — an unbelievable saga that takes place all over the world: Africa, Europe, Asia, and the U.S. both in prison and out," Wolters said in a statement. "I think people may be surprised at what happened to me after I turned myself in — and where my life is now.”

HarperOne publisher Mark Tauber added: “Out of Orange is much more than the background for Orange Is the New Black. The whole story is even more surprising and eye opening than we had imagined. I predict it will be one of the top memoirs of next year.”

The deal was negotiated by HarperOne executive editor Nancy Hancock and Claudia Cross of Folio Literary Management.

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