Lisa Niemi, Patrick Swayze

Courtesy: Brian Braff

Patrick Swayze's pen is apparently mightier than the radio. Not only is the actor "alive and well," he's writing.

The memoir he's been penning alongside wife Lisa Niemi is set to be released by Atria Books in the fall, the publisher announced today.

For the presently untitled tome, the Dirty Dancer will cover his childhood, career, marriage and uphill battle against cancer. He'll share "his brave fight against a diagnosis of stage-four pancreatic cancer, from which he has gleaned wisdom and has remained resolutely optimistic," according to the press release.

Swayze's wife of more than 30 years will add her side of the experience and the difficulty of bearing witness to her loved one's pain.

"With everything I've been fortunate enough to do in my life, and covering such a wide range of diverse subject matters, I'm told that my story has been inspirational to people," the actor said in a statement. "I will write from my heart about these experiences and, aside from the sheer pleasure of doing it, if people happen to garner inspiration from it, or incentive, or find a new way to love, it would be wonderful."

The couple has been working on the book at work at their New Mexico ranch. This photo was taken during a brief break from writing, Swayze's publicist tells E! News.


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