Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus will be working with Mary Jordan, a Cleveland native who is now a reporter and editor for The Washington Post, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported. James R. Wooley, the Cleveland lawyer who arranged the book deal, said the third woman, Michelle Knight, is "going her own way."
Wooley approached Jordan, an old friend, about the collaboration.
Jordan and her husband, Robert Sullivan, won a Pulitzer Prize in 2003 for a series on Mexico's judicial system and were finalists in 2009 for a series on global discrimination against women. Sullivan is also expected to help with the project.
Ariel Castro, who admitted imprisoning the women in his home and repeatedly raping them, was found hanging in his cell at Ohio's Correctional Reception Center on Sept. 23.
Wooley said the book will give DeJesus and Berry a chance to set the record straight.
"Many have told, and continue to tell, this story in ways that are both inaccurate and beyond the control of these young women," he told the Plain Dealer. "Our clients have a strong desire for privacy, but it is a reality that confronts them every day. Gina, Amanda and their families have decided to take control and are now interested in telling the story of what happened to them."
Couple mistakenly served bag of cash at McDonald's drive-thru
Exploding whale video goes viral on Internet