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“Run, Rose, Run,” An Insightful Interview with World-Renowned Best-Selling Author, James Patterson

Published February 11, 2022 / Last Updated February 13, 2022
Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
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James Patterson gives us a glimpse into collaborating with Dolly Parton on their forthcoming novel, “Run, Rose, Run.”

James Patterson is known around the world as one of the greatest authors of all time. With over 100 books on the New York Times Best Sellers list, it’s no wonder Dolly Parton was thrilled to receive a personal invitation from James to co-author a novel with him.

These two creative geniuses have combined their talents to bring us something incredibly special. In this interview, James tells us about the writing process and shares what it was like to collaborate with the world’s most beloved entertainment icon on “Run, Rose, Run.”

 

You have written well over 100 New York Times bestsellers, and you’re widely known as one of the most diverse writers of our time. What was your inspiration for this particular book?

I’d always admired what Dolly does to get people reading–adults and kids. Dolly’s also a gifted storyteller. Every one of her songs is a story. I thought we’d make a good team. As it turned out–I was right. I’m enjoying being on Team Dolly.

Did you develop the plot or the characters first?

I don’t think you can separate the plot and the characters. Dolly and I developed both in layers, or drafts. The plot kept getting thicker, and the characters kept getting more complex and interesting. I think readers are going to really enjoy our book.

Who is your favorite character in Run, Rose, Run?

It would have to be a tie between Ruthanna and AnnieLee. Ethan wouldn’t be far behind. One of my rules is that you have to be incredibly involved with your heroes–and really despise the villains.

What was it like to collaborate with one of the world’s most beloved superstars, and what was your favorite part about the process?

My joke about Dolly and everyone who works with her is that they’re incredibly nice, incredibly smart and relentless. Man, do I love that. My grandmother used to say, ‘Hungry dogs run faster.’ I think Dolly and I are hungry, in a good way.

What is your typical process for co-authoring a book?

I don’t have a “typical” process for co-authoring, but it usually starts with a long outline, which goes through several drafts. One of my jokes is that the other author and I alternate words. The one thing that always holds true is that the co-authors and I work really hard to make the best book we can. I know that’s what happened with “Run, Rose, Run.”

You and Dolly share a passion for literacy. You are known for campaigning to make books and reading a national priority. When was this passion ignited in you, and how has it affected your approach to writing?

Whenever I appear at a school or conference for librarians or teachers, I’ll say ‘I’m here to save lives.’ That’s what happens when you get kids reading at grade level. It gives them a chance to finish high school and go to college, if that’s appropriate, and get a better job when they get older. My mom was a teacher, and she always told the kids at school that she was there to help them look through windows, not look in mirrors.

Has music been an integral part of your life?

Yes, indeed. I like country, but I’m a rock n’ roll junkie. I was actually at Woodstock–and I was an usher for nearly two years at the Fillmore East. When I was at Vanderbilt, I also spent a few evenings at the original Grand Ole Opry.

When did you start writing?

I think when I was a year and a half. But you probably mean when did I start writing stories. I think I started composing them in my head when I was four or five. I started writing them down on paper when I was fourteen or fifteen.

Who has been the most influential person in your life with regard to your love of writing?

About a thousand unbelievably talented novelists and non-fiction writers who I’ve read–but in particular, my grandmother. She told me I could do anything I wanted to do–except maybe play basketball in the NBA. Actually, she didn’t say ‘maybe.’

Both you and Dolly are philanthropists. Is there a charity or cause that you are especially passionate about?

I concentrate on charities that help kids become better readers, help bookstores to survive and help students who want to be teachers get through school without too much debt.

 

Now available for pre-order, the “Run, Rose, Run” novel will be published simultaneously in hardcover, ebook and audiobook and will release on March 7. The album, also available for pre-order, is slated for a March 4 release.

Team Dolly“Run, Rose, Run,” An Insightful Interview with World-Renowned Best-Selling Author, James Patterson

“Run, Rose, Run,” An In-Depth Interview with Dolly Parton

Published February 11, 2022 / Last Updated March 3, 2022
Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
Team Dolly

Dolly Parton shares the fascinating story behind her collaboration with world-renowned best-selling author, James Patterson, on “Run, Rose, Run.”

Dolly Parton is truly one of the most diverse creatives of our time. She’s a quintessential dreamer who simply never stops reaching for the stars and somehow always manages to sprinkle stardust on her faithful following of ardent fans. Dolly doesn’t just dream big dreams for herself. The beauty of who she is and what she does is that she brings us all along on her magical journey.

So when world-renowned author, James Patterson, reached out to her about collaborating with him on a novel, Dolly did what she does best. She created another work of art for us to treasure. We sat down with her for a Q&A to give you a behind-the-scenes look into the amazing collaboration on the forthcoming book, “Run, Rose, Run,” that she and James are releasing into the world on March 7.

 

We know how passionate you are about literacy. Your children’s book, Coat of Many Colors, is a favorite among children enrolled in your Imagination Library book gifting program, but you’ve also written autobiographical and inspirational books for adults. Was it a dream for you to write a novel, and how did this project come about?

The way this came about, James Patterson called me out of the blue and asked if I would like to write a book with him. I thought, ‘What in the world does James Patterson need me for? He’s doing all right.’ I told him, “Well, I don’t know…I’ve never thought about it. I’ve read all of your books but have never thought about writing one with you. What would it be about?” He said, “Well, let’s get together and we’ll figure something out.” So he flew to Nashville, and we visited for a long time. We realized we liked each other a lot. I told him I couldn’t be involved in anything that I’m not personally very involved in. I don’t want to just put my name on something and it not be something I’ve really contributed to. He said he had always thought about writing a book about Nashville, which I do know something about. So we came up with the idea of what it would be about. He went back home and started writing, and I started thinking about it. We exchanged ideas and before we knew it, we had a book going, and now we have a novel.

Did you draw any inspiration from your own musical journey when writing this book?

I had to draw a lot of inspiration from my own musical journey, with all of the ups and downs, the heartaches, the tears and the joys. I’ve been at it a long time and been through it all. So yes, I drew a lot from my own musical journey.

How did you come up with the title?

Well, I did not come up with the title. We kicked around so many different titles. I’d have a few and he’d had a few. One day he called and said “What do you think about ‘Run, Rose, Run’?” I said, “Wow, I love it.” She’s on the run, and you realize that AnnieLee Keys is actually Rose McCord, thus the title is “Run Rose Run.” To me, I thought that was absolutely a great title.

Which of the characters do you relate to most, and why?

I relate to both of the characters, the young AnnieLee Keys(Rose McCord) and Ruthanna Ryder, who is the older person and is just kind of who I am now, with my own career and mentoring people, writing, having my own studio and not touring. There are a whole lot of similarities in both of those characters for me.

How did co-authoring a book compare to co-writing a song? Were there any similarities?

Any time you work with anybody, whether it’s a song or book, it’s a very creative process. You have to think about the subject matter; where this should land and where that should land. So it’s very similar, but you just don’t have to rhyme so much. Your mind is allowed to be a little freer as you go, because you don’t have to keep it down to two and a half minutes for radio or that sort of thing. So you have more freedom in writing a book than you do a song.

What was it like to co-author a novel with the iconic James Patterson?

It was amazing. James Patterson, as we all know, is one of the greatest writers of all time. I was honestly kinda floored—and flattered—when James asked me to work with him. And it was fun. When he came down to my little place at my office the first time we met, when I saw him get out of the car and come up to my doorstep, I thought ‘I like this person.’ You know how you just know if a person feels right? You just get a feeling or some sort of aura about everybody. I thought, ‘He’s so relaxed, so smart, so at peace, so in control of who he is.’ And I felt there was no BS about him…even though he is fun and has a crazy sense of humor like me. So we have really wound up being good friends. I am sure we’ll always be in touch long after this book.

You teamed up with Kelsea Ballerini and a stellar cast to record the audio book. How did that come about?

I love Kelsea Ballerini. Usually if I’ve written a book, I’ll read the whole thing myself. But we thought ‘Wouldn’t it be great to have the characters take on their own personality?’ I read the Ruthanna—the older woman—part. Then we thought, ‘Who should we get to read the AnnieLee Keys/Rose character?’ Of course, Kelsea’s name came up, and we all said ‘YES!’ She’s very sweet, and I thought that was a good call.

Tell us about the 12-song companion album that is releasing simultaneously with the book. Did you know from the beginning you wanted to release a companion piece, or was it an idea that came organically during the process of writing the novel?

Early on, when I started writing with James and, of course, we couldn’t be together every day, we had phone calls and exchanged emails and all the ways you work when you’re older people like us. He would send me ideas, and I’d send him my thoughts. I thought, ‘I bet I can contribute to this more by writing a lot of my thoughts about the characters and their situations in a song.’ So I started writing songs and sending them to him. He said “Wow, this is a great idea. I can expand on the characters and get more in-depth on who they are and what they’re actually thinking from a woman’s point of view, especially the AnnieLee and Ruthanna songs.” And the male character, Ethan, I know him, because I hung out with all of these guys in the music business—Porter, Kenny, Merle Haggard and all the greats. I’ve been in it a long time, so I related to all of these characters. I thought, ‘I can write songs for all of them.’ So I started doing that, and James loved it. Then I thought, ‘Wow, this is a really good album. I can put these songs in an album. Nobody’s ever really done a soundtrack for a book that I know of.’ So I thought it would be a great vehicle for promotion and marketing to have both of them come out together. James and I have a very strong publicity and marketing department, plus the publishing company. Everybody got on board, and we’ve really made it work for us, I think. I’m excited about that. You can listen to the album and know what the book is about. And if you read the book and listen to the songs, you really completely know what it’s all about and kinda link them. It’s kind of a little fun thing all on it’s own, something different.

Your breadth of writing is unparalleled, from songs to Broadway musicals to movies to books. Can we expect more novels like this from you in the future?

I really don’t know. I had always thought that I would write novels, but I thought it would be when I was older. Then I realized I am older. (HA!) So I don’t know. It will depend on how things go. I’m a creative writer, and the spirit has to hit me on what I’m going to write about, but it’s certainly not off the table. I don’t know if I’ll write another one with James. I think once is enough for something that great, but I’m not saying we won’t. But we do think this is going to turn into a movie, so we’ll be working together for years just on this one book. Whether or not I write another novel depends on how smart I am when I am older. If my mind will do it, I might.

Both you and James are known as philanthropists and giving plays a central role in who you are. Tell us about your beloved Imagination Library and how it all began.

As you know, I am very involved in a lot of things. I am proudest of the Imagination Library. Most people know how it started, I know you do, but for those who don’t, the Imagination Library is a program where we send books to children once a month from the time they’re born until they start school. They get the book in their mailbox with their name on it. They learn to love to read and love books. It’s a wonderful thing. I think it’s so important, because what inspired that was my own Dad, who couldn’t read nor write. It was the same for many of my relatives from the mountains who didn’t get a chance to go to school, because they had to work hard and help provide for their families. Plus, the schools were sometimes miles away, and they were usually one room schools. So a lot of people didn’t get an education. My Daddy was so smart, but that always embarrassed him and kinda crippled him in a weird sort of way. That always troubled me, because he was so smart and I loved him so much. So when we started the Imagination Library, I thought, ‘I’m gonna get Daddy in on it and let him feel important.’ So I would take him with me and involve him in any way I could. He lived long enough to see the Imagination Library doing good. I’m a person of faith, so I believe there’s life on the other side. So I just always know when all of those great things happen with the Imagination Library and it gets so much publicity, I feel like Mama and Daddy are looking down and trying to help bless my work. I don’t know what all of James’ inner feelings are about charities, but I’m sure he has many of them as well, based on some sort of truth and personal emotion. I will always try to do my best. I believe that when you are in a position to help, you should help.

 

Now available for pre-order, the “Run, Rose, Run” novel will be published simultaneously in hardcover, ebook and audiobook and will release on March 7. The album, also available for pre-order, is slated for a March 4 release.

Team Dolly“Run, Rose, Run,” An In-Depth Interview with Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton Releases “Blue Bonnet Breeze” From Her Upcoming “Run, Rose, Run” Album

Published February 10, 2022 / Last Updated February 11, 2022
Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
Team Dolly

Dolly Parton releases her second single and lyric video from “Run, Rose, Run,” the companion album to her upcoming novel, co-authored with James Patterson.

Dolly Parton has given fans another taste of her upcoming “Run, Rose, Run” album, with the release of her latest single, “Blue Bonnet Breeze,” in conjunction with the track’s whimsical lyric video. This is the second song to be released from the upcoming album, following the release of “Big Dreams and Faded Jeans” last month. The highly-anticipated recording, available March 4, serves as a companion to Dolly’s first novel, “Run, Rose, Run,” co-authored with James Patterson, which releases on March 7. Dolly shared,

“I came up with the idea for ‘Blue Bonnet Breeze’ because two of the characters decide to begin working together on a song. I thought, what song would that be? What song would they write? So, I just chose a Romeo and Juliet kind of story and made the music very slow, very emotional, and it’s actually one of my very favorites from this album. It could be a movie of its own!”

“Run, Rose, Run”

“Run, Rose, Run” marks the first time a #1 bestselling author and an entertainment icon have collaborated on a book and an album. The album enhances the novel, with twelve original songs written by Dolly that tie into the story line, making for a unique experience that only she could create. In celebration of the book’s release, Dolly and James recently announced that they will be kicking off a Virtual Book Tour on March 6, with tickets available for purchase online.

Pre-Order Now

Dolly’s groundbreaking album, “Run, Rose, Run,” is now available for pre-order and will be available on all digital streaming platforms, as well as digital download. It will also be available on CD and standard vinyl, with some special vinyl color variations. The novel will be published in hardcover, ebook and audiobook on March 7, 2022, and is now available for pre-order.

Team DollyDolly Parton Releases “Blue Bonnet Breeze” From Her Upcoming “Run, Rose, Run” Album

Dolly Parton Announces Virtual Book Tour for “Run, Rose, Run”

Published February 8, 2022 / Last Updated February 9, 2022
Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
Team Dolly

Join Dolly Parton and James Patterson for the “Run, Rose, Run” Virtual Book Tour

Dolly Parton and James Patterson have announced a virtual book tour to celebrate the release of their novel, “Run, Rose, Run.” Dolly and James will appear for seven engagements during the tour, beginning Sunday, March 6, and finishing on Friday, March 25.

The tour kicks off with the exclusive “Run, Rose, Run” Virtual Book Launch, streaming live on YouTube on March 6 at 7:30PM ET, sponsored by the American Booksellers Association in support of independent booksellers. Other virtual engagements will be organized through major booksellers including Books-A-Million, Indigo, Waterstones, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and AARP Books.

“Run, Rose, Run” Virtual Book Tour Dates

Sunday, March 6
INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORES VIRTUAL LAUNCH EVENT
Sponsored by the American Booksellers Association
4:30 PM PT/7:30 PM ET

Wednesday, March 9
BOOKS-A-MILLION VIRTUAL EVENT
2:00 PM PT/5:00 PM ET

INDIGO VIRTUAL EVENT
4:00 PM PT/7:00 PM ET

Thursday, March 10
FANE ONLINE VIRTUAL EVENT (UK)
1:30 PM ET/6:30 PM GMT

Wednesday, March 16
AMAZON LIVE VIRTUAL EVENT
1:30 PM PT/4:30 PM ET

BARNES & NOBLE VIRTUAL EVENT
3:00 PM PT/6:00 PM ET

Friday, March 25
AARP BOOKS VIRTUAL EVENT
3:00 PM PT/6:00 PM ET

Ticket Information

Your ticket includes admission to the exclusive event, a hardcover copy of “Run, Rose, Run” ($30 retail price), as well as sales tax, shipping, and handling (if applicable). Visit jamespatterson.com/events for attendance information and to purchase tickets.

Team DollyDolly Parton Announces Virtual Book Tour for “Run, Rose, Run”

Dolly Parton to Host 57th Academy of Country Music Awards, Livestreaming Exclusively on Prime Video on March 7

Published February 1, 2022 / Last Updated February 11, 2022
Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
Team Dolly

Watch Dolly host the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards, streaming live without commercial interruption on March 7 at 8 PM EST.

Prime Video, the Academy of Country Music and MRC announced today that Dolly Parton will host the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards, streaming live without commercial interruption on Prime Video Monday, March 7, at 8 PM EST from Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. Dolly will be joined by two additional co-hosts, to be announced at a later date.

The show celebrates country music’s biggest stars and emerging talent and promises to be a nonstop party, bringing legendary artists together with today’s favorites for exciting and unexpected collaborations, surprising moments and world television-premiere performances. Tickets are currently on sale at Ticketmaster.

“I am so excited to be hosting the ACM Awards on March 7 from Vegas,” Dolly said. “Watch for us because we’re going to have some fun.”

Dolly’s hosting appearance comes right on the heels of the release of her new album “Run, Rose, Run” on March 4. The album accompanies the March 7 release of her original novel of the same title, written with renowned author James Patterson.

Dolly Parton to Host 57th Academy of Country Music Awards

An Iconic Host for a Landmark Show

“We are honored to welcome Dolly Parton back to be the centerpiece of this landmark 57th Academy of Country Music Awards show at Allegiant Stadium. Dolly is the most iconic and multi-talented artist of all-time, and we are proud that she is a friend and supporter of the Academy, a previous host and a 13-time Academy of Country Music Award recipient,” said Damon Whiteside, CEO of the Academy of Country Music. Whiteside continued,

“There is no one better than Dolly to represent the ACM Awards brand and country music on a global scale as we move to streaming and show the world that ‘this is how we country’ by delivering one of the most exhilarating and innovative shows in our history to audiences worldwide.”

“Dolly Parton’s status as a beloved and inspirational icon is a testament to her ongoing impact as an artist, philanthropist and human being,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios. “As we bring the Academy of Country Music Awards to our Prime Video customers worldwide for the first time, we are thrilled to showcase the power of Amazon in creating these impactful global entertainment moments with an icon like Dolly as host, as well as exciting performances and collaborations in what is sure to be the most fan-centric event of the year.”

The 57th Academy of Country Music Awards

Nominations for the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards will be announced the second week of February. Streaming live on Prime Video in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK, the Academy of Country Music Awards will make history as the first major awards show to livestream exclusively. First held in 1966, the Academy of Country Music Awards has honored and showcased the biggest names and emerging talent in the industry and is the longest-running country music awards show in history.

The 57th Academy of Country Music Awards is produced by MRC Live & Alternative. R.A. Clark is executive producer of the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards. Damon Whiteside is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music. For more information, log onto www.ACMcountry.com or www.ACMLiftingLives.org.

Team DollyDolly Parton to Host 57th Academy of Country Music Awards, Livestreaming Exclusively on Prime Video on March 7