- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) - Author Pat Conroy is writing a new chapter in his life - he’s opening a fitness studio.

The Beaufort Gazette reports ( https://bit.ly/1BoGxIB) the 69-year-old Conroy - the author of such novels as “The Water is Wide” and “The Prince of Tides” - announced on Facebook post last weekend that the Mina and Conroy Fitness Studio opens in Port Royal, South Carolina next month.

Conroy wrote “there are four or five books I’d like to write before I meet Jesus of Nazareth” and says he can’t write them unless he’s healthy.

His partner is Mina Truong, his former YMCA trainer.

Truong tells the newspaper she doesn’t want to capitalize on Conroy’s name. She says she told Conroy she wants clients because of what she can do to help them.

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