'Scream Queens' Actress Keke Palmer Inks Book Deal

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Actress Keke Palmer (Scream Queens, Grease Live!) has signed a deal for I Don’t Belong to You: Quiet the Noise and Find Your Voice, an inspirational memoir and self-help guide, publisher North Star Way, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, announced Wednesday. Publication is planned for October.

I Don’t Belong to You is pitched as a “sometimes serious, often hilarious and always inspiring guide that encourages young women to live a life full of ownership and confidence” told through Palmer’s own struggles with the challenges all young women grapple with, from love and heartbreak to self-identity and family.

Palmer told The Hollywood Reporter she wanted to write more than just a memoir.

“The first idea to share it through a book was more about just 'my life,' like a memoir, and that didn’t really excite me. It took me years to get outside of myself, and in that process I realized there was more use for those experiences than just to grow myself," the actress said. 

Palmer added, “The truth is that I’m no more special than you — surprise surprise! I want to be a part of my generation in a way where I am constantly reminding them of how possible it is to live our dreams. It doesn’t mean that you have to be born with a charmed life, it means that it’s what YOU make of it. After they know my “uncut” story, so to speak, I hope that they can see how many similarities we have. Therefore, there’s nothing separating them from accomplishing their goals, just as I didn't let anything stop me from accomplishing mine. It’s about the inner-hero we all have.”

In addition to Scream Queens and Grease Live!, Palmer has appeared in Akeelah and the Bee, Barbershop 2 and Madea’s Family Reunion. March brought the release of “Enemiez,” the first single from an album scheduled to bow in the fall.

North Star Way’s vice president and publisher Michele Martin acquired the title for the company. Palmer was repped on the book deal by Lacy Lynch at Dupree/Miller & Associates.