Dolly Parton Teaming Up With James Patterson to Write First-Ever Novel: Here’s Book Cover & Release Date

by Jon D. B.

“I cannot be more excited!” Dolly Parton‘s first-ever novel, Run, Rose, Run, will be an experience like no other for fans of the icon.

Ready for a Nashville-based thriller novel from Dolly Parton? Of course, you are! Through her Imagination Library and beyond, books have long been a burning passion of Ms. Dolly. Our national international treasure has long dreamed of publishing her own novel as a result – and now we know that dream’s coming true!

Through a partnership like no other, Parton is partnering up with authoring sensation James Patterson for Run, Rose, Run – an on-the-run thriller centering around a young singer/songwriter hiding a terrible secret from her past.

Little, Brown and Company will publish the novel on March 7, 2022 – the date fans can finally get their hands on it. But oh, there’s more! Dolly is composing and releasing a simultaneous Run, Rose, Run album to coincide with the book! Who else but Dolly Parton could pull this off? The answer is no one.

“I cannot be more excited about the release of my very first novel Run, Rose, Run with the great James Patterson. I also have a new album to go along with the book,” Dolly tells PEOPLE in an exclusive statement Wednesday.

For the album, “All new songs were written based on the characters and situations in the book,” Parton clarifies. “I hope you enjoy the book and the songs as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it all together!”

We will, National Treasure Dolly Parton. We will!

All The Details On Dolly Parton’s ‘Run, Rose, Run’

Speaking more in-depth about the novel, Parton says of Rose, her main character, that “the source of her heart-wrenching songs is a brutal secret she has done everything to hide.”

“But the past she has fled is reaching out to control her future—even if it means destroying everything she has worked for,” continues her press release for the book. Hooked yet?

James Patterson absolutely is, and has been from the get-go.

“It’s been an honor—and a hell of a lot of fun—to work with the inimitable Dolly Parton, whom I’ve long admired for her music, her storytelling, and her enormous generosity,” Patterson tells PEOPLE. Novel fans will know Patterson for his dominant Alex Cross series, among other modern classics.

For Run, Rose, Run, Patterson took what he’s learned from his own bestselling thrillers, then applied it to Parton’s experience with the music industry, PEOPLE cites.

“The mind-blowing thing about this project is that reading the novel is enhanced by listening to the album and vice versa,” Patterson adds of what Dolly brings to the table. “It’s a really unique experience that I know readers (and listeners) will love.”

To do so, Dolly wrote, sang, and produced her original songs for the accompanying Run, Rose, Run album. Parton’s Butterfly Records will release the collection in partnership with another label, which she’ll announce soon.

Count this author in as one book sold come March 7, 2022! After the countless dreams she’s helped come true for others… No one deserves a dream-come-true more than Dolly Parton.