Gina Rodriguez plays an aspiring writer on The CW’s hit show Jane The Virgin, but she’s also a budding author off-screen. Simon & Schuster announced on Tuesday that Rodriguez will publish I Can and I Will: Tools My Daddy Gave Me in 2016.
“My father would always remind me to give away your blessings to make room for more,” Rodriguez said in a statement. “This book has been a dream of mine for many years now, a love letter to a father who has given me strength I only know is right to share with others. If you can move, stretch, teach, inspire, encourage and motivate others by telling your stories why wouldn’t you?”
“In I Can and I Will, she will share words of wisdom from her father,” Simon & Schuster’s Emily Graff said. “These are words that give her strength in times of hardship. Through personal stories, she will describe how these words were challenged, and confirmed. This book will be something you can turn to when you are in search of a friend, when you need inspiration and encouragement.”
Rodriguez spoke about working on the book in a recent interview with Time and said, “I’m actually working on a book right now that’s going to give the world what my father gave to me. I definitely will be keeping my ears peeled for his nuggets of knowledge and wisdom, like, ‘Dad, you got any goodness to share with me, please?”’
Rodriguez first highlighted her father’s advice publicly during her Golden Globes acceptance speech last January. “My father used to tell me to say every morning, ‘Today is going to be a great day. I can and I will,” she said when she won the Globe for Best Actress in a TV Comedy. “Well, Dad—today is a great day. I can and I did.”