Octavia Spencer is turning her hand to writing books, it has been revealed.
The Help actress has a deal with Simon And Schuster Books for Young Readers for a pair of detective novels for school students.
Simon And Schuster has announced that the Oscar-winner's first book, Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: The Case Of The Time-Capsule Bandit, will come out next year.
Octavia, 42, said in a statement that she had been inspired by such mystery series as Nancy Drew and Encyclopedia Brown and hoped to give kids the same "sense of magic".
The actress has also appeared in such films as Flypaper and the upcoming Smashed.