Dolly Parton and James Patterson on "Run, Rose, Run"

The Bluebird Café in Nashville is home to some of the best short-story writers around; after all, story

after all, story is what makes a great country song. And every writer

"I actually tried to write some country-western songs," he said.

especially acclaimed ones, like novelist James Patterson, knows just how hard that can be

He's written or co-written more than 200 of them, and has more bestsellers than anyone.

That's because, in part, Patterson was too busy becoming a novelist.

He's at home in Music City.  He earned his masters from Vanderbilt University,

For his latest novel, Patterson decided to write about a nobody coming to Nashville with dreams of becoming a somebody

"I asked him, 'Why you need me? You're doin' pretty good on your own!" said Dolly Parton.