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Wrestler Mick Foley's accidental writing career

Published on Oct 30, 2012 2:54 PM
Ex-wrestling champion Mick Foley is an accidental writer. -- ST PHOTO: JAMES CROUCHER

Ex-wrestling champion Mick Foley is an accidental writer.

As the 47-year-old explains over the telephone from his home in Long Island, New York, "Back in 1999, WWE had a contract with ReganBooks, an American book company, to publish three autobiographies of wrestlers. They weren't sure how it would go, so I was kind of a test subject to lead it off before the really big stars of WWE - Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock (now the film actor, Dwayne Johnson) - did their bios."

He was happy to write his first memoir, 1999's Have A Nice Day: A Tale Of Blood And Sweatsocks, which went on to top the New York Times bestsellers list for non-fiction and he proved it was not a fluke with 2001's Foley Is Good: And The Real World Is Faker Than Wrestling, which also repeated the feat.

He is now retired from World Wrestling Entertainment although he does travel as an ambassador of the WWE, making guest appearances in the ring. But he will be in Singapore later this week in his capacity as a writer, sitting on panels for the Singapore Writers Festival as well as mingling with fans at a literary cocktail.

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