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Dolly Parton writing debut thriller novel with James Patterson and an accompanying album

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Dolly Parton started in show business the same year Elvis Presley shot to fame in 1956. Since then the Country music star has sold over 100 million records worldwide and now she’s turning to novel writing. The 75-year-old has announced her book will be a thriller written with James Patterson called Run, Rose, Run.

Run, Rose, Run’s synopsis reads: “From America’s most beloved superstar and its greatest storyteller—a thriller about a young singer-songwriter on the rise and on the run, and determined to do whatever it takes to survive.

“Every song tells a story. She’s a star on the rise, singing about the hard life behind her. She’s also on the run. Find a future, lose a past. 

“Nashville is where she’s come to claim her destiny.  It’s also where the darkness she’s fled might find her.  And destroy her. 

“Run, Rose, Run is a novel glittering with danger and desire—a story that only America’s #1 beloved entertainer and its #1 bestselling author could have created.”

Dolly tweeted the book’s cover as a gif and teased on Twitter: “I’ve combined my love of storytelling and books with the release of #RunRoseRun, a novel I’ve co-authored with @JP_Books! Pre-order your copy today!”

While Patterson tweeted: “I am delighted to team up with America’s most beloved superstar, @DollyParton, to bring you Run, Rose, Run a new thriller about a young singer/songwriter on the rise and on the run…and determined to do whatever it takes to survive!”

Run, Rose, Run will be accompanied by a 12 track album of original songs by Dolly that will be inspired by the book.

Speaking with PEOPLE, she said: “All new songs were written based on the characters and situations in the book. I hope you enjoy the book and the songs as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it all together!”

Patterson will be bringing his wide experience as a novelist writing characters and plots that grab the reader’s attention.

While Parton’s inspiration will be from her own time in the Country music industry over the decades.

Meanwhile, this week marks the anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley, who Dolly hailed as “extraordinary” in an interview from the period.

Speaking with Playboy in 1978, she said: “He touched people’s lives in a lot of ways.”

Dolly added: “He was the sex symbol of the world and when he started gainin’ weight and gettin’ fat, he lost a lot of his glamour to a lot of people.

“I always thought his manager was brilliant, as well. They built that mystery up about him. When he started losin’ his glamour and doin’ those concerts, he became more ordinary. That’s when they started publishing all the things about him.”

“Thin people realised that he was not a god of any sort, but he was just an extraordinary human bein’.”

Run, Rose, Run is released on March 7, 2022 and can be pre-ordered here.

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