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The Real-Life Alex From Orange Is the New Black Is Writing a Memoir

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Piper Kerman's former lover will share stories from her life in drug-trafficking and her time in prison

Fans of the Netflix show Orange Is the New Black can read Piper Kerman’s best-selling memoir of the same name to find out the real-life story of Kerman’s time in prison. And soon, they’ll be able to hear the same story from another perspective—that of Cleary Wolters, Piper’s lover, who inspired the character of Alex Vause on the show.

The real-life inspiration for Vause, played by Laura Prepon on the comedy drama, has signed a deal with HarperCollins’ HarperOne to publish Out of Orange in May of 2015. Wolters, who went to jail for participating in a drug trafficking and money laundering scheme, will address her complex relationship with Kerman, her crimes leading up to her imprisonment and her experience inside prison in the book.

“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.”

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