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Foley finds success as an author
By TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

 Former WWF champion and wrestling legend Mick Foley was called a lot of things during his long and tumultuous career in the ring.

 You can bet 'author' wasn't one of them.

 "Naw, that wasn't even a consideration then," Foley admitted with a laugh. FOLEY

 But after a lengthy wrestling career -- in which most of the antics involved a great deal of pain to himself -- Foley turned to pen and pad when he finally hung up his wrestling boots.

 His latest book, Foley Is Good: And The Real World Is Faker Than Wrestling, currently tops the New York Times non-fiction best-seller list.

 His first book, an autobiography titled Have A Nice Day, also occupied the same lofty perch atop the world's most recognized literary list.

 Foley's foray into writing came about very innocently. Foley, whose many personas in the WWF included Dude Love, Cactus Jack and Mankind, recalled as his wrestling career wound down, thanks in large part to the after-effects of his numerous injuries, he got his first chance to see his autobiography being written by a ghost writer.

 To say he didn't like what he read is putting it mildly.

 "I saw it as my back against the wall," he told the Sun Friday, after completing an interview with People magazine earlier in the day, one of the many big-time publications now interested in the former grappler's ongoing saga.

 "I was scared for what was happening to Mick Foley's life story."

 So with no experience and no real idea where to start, Foley relieved the ghost writer of his duties and set about penning his story from a first-hand viewpoint.

 "I don't know where I got the idea I could do better," Foley said, again with a hearty laugh.

 So it was that the wrestler, known for his complete disregard for his body and willingness to take any abuse to make a match more interesting for the crowd, was rewarded for his years of blood, sweat and tears as people snatched up his first book, and now his second, in record numbers.

 While writing a book is no small feat, Foley admits it seems to come naturally for him and is a relatively painless process.

 "I guess I'm lucky, I have something of a gift for it," he explained.

 "I'm not the most technically perfect writer, I know that, but people seem to like it."

 Foley sticks to the traditional pen and paper when he writes, admitting it takes a lot longer that way than if he used a computer.

 "I did buy one for this book but after a month I'd only taken it out of the box once ... and that was to play a DVD," he said. "It's just more natural for me to use a pen and paper. I'm at ease."

 Foley also has a children's book due out this October about "Halloween high jinks" that focuses on children and monsters learning to get along, he said. He added he does plan to write a few more books in the future but plans to switch to fiction from now on.

 "I'm out of Mick Foley memoirs," he said. "When people met me, I have no new stories to tell.

 "There's nothing left."

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