The Scandal star’s book, Thicker Than Water, will be released on Sept. 26

Kerry Washington is ready to tell her story.

The actress, director, producer and activist, 45, has written a new book Thicker Than Water

which will be released on Sept. 26, PEOPLE can exclusively confirm.

"Writing a memoir is, by far, the most deeply personal project I have ever taken on,"

"I hope that readers will receive it with open hearts and I pray that it offers new insights

and perspectives, and invites people into deeper compassion — for themselves and others."