Dolly Parton Writes About ‘the Music Business’ in New Novel ‘Run, Rose, Run’

Dolly Parton is the Queen of Country, an actor, and even a fiction author. Her latest book features themes about “strong women” and even a glimpse into the music business. Here’s what we know about Run, Rose, Run by Parton and James Patterson, which premieres in March 2022.

Dolly Parton debuts novel ‘Run, Rose, Run’ with James Patterson on March 7, 2022

Dolly Parton performs during the Billboard Women In Music 2020 event
UNSPECIFIED – DECEMBER 10: In this screengrab released on December 10, Dolly Parton performs during the Billboard Women In Music 2020 event on December 10, 2020. (Photo by 2020 Billboard Women In Music/Getty Images for Billboard)

Parton is the award-winning country artist behind songs like “Jolene,” “I Will Always Love You,” and “Islands in the Stream.” Parton is also an author who recently collaborated on a fictional work with James Patterson. That’s Run, Rose, Run, which will be available at most major book retailers on March 7, 2022.

During one interview with MIC, Parton commented on what makes a good book. The Queen of Country’s latest release features elements of romance, love, suspense, and even some insight into the music business. 

Dolly Parton shared what ‘Run, Rose, Run’ is about

Parton has never shied away from discussing gender inequality in the workplace. That’s was even highlighted with her song “9 to 5.” According to the Google description of the novel, Run, Rose, Run is a thriller about a “star on the rise” who is willing to do whatever it takes to survive. 

“Even Run, Rose, Run, it’s about very strong women, and I’ll possibly be working with strong women in the production of the movie we’re hoping to put out. One of the songs on the album is called ‘Woman Up And Take It Like A Man,’ it’s all about being good as or better than,” Parton said during the same interview. 

“I’m not one to protest or march in the streets, although different things need to be done to draw the attention, and I’m one of the ones who do it in song,” she continued. “Live as an example.”

This wouldn’t be the first book published by the ‘Queen of Country,’ Dolly Parton

Run, Rose, Run wouldn’t be the only novel created in part by Parton. In 2009, the artist released the picture book I Am a Rainbow, which connected emotions to different colors of the rainbow. In 1994, Parton released the autobiography titled Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business.

However, what makes Run, Rose, Run unique is that it’s a fictional story that still touches on real-life social justice and gender inequality issues.

“Everybody has to deal with things in their own way according to their own personalities and whatever their beliefs are,” Parton said. “I’m all about doing good for women and trying to be the best woman I can be. And do the best work I can. And believe everybody should have the right to do that too. We’re all people. We should all be respected for who we are.”

Run, Rose, Run is now available for pre-order from retailers like Amazon.

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