The Story Plant is dedicated to bringing you inspired, passionate, and immersive works of fiction from an extraordinary group of writers. We are true believers in the power of fiction to transport, illuminate, and entertain and we welcome you to be part of our Story.


Our Featured Title

On the heels of his latest national bestseller, Love Thy Neighbor, Mark Gilleo returns with this tense, ingenious novel about a Washington private detective whose work becomes personal – and then global – when two people close to him are murdered. Already a winner at the 2014 Beach Book Festival and a finalist for multiple awards, Favors and Lies is the most thrilling novel yet from one of the great new voices in suspense fiction.

Read more about Favors and Lies here.

Our Latest Bestseller

Ethan Cross’s stunning thriller The Shepherd (already an international bestseller) became our latest #1 bestseller when it hit #1 on the overall Nook bestseller list in late July.

You can read more about it here.


New This Year


Our Breakout Hits


Recent Media


We’re proud to announce our very first audiobook production. Paul Fleschner brings Lou Aronica’s USA Today bestseller The Forever Year to life vividly. You can listen to a sample here.

Mary Marcus recently autographed copies of her novel The New Me at BookHampton in East Hampton, NY.

Elmore Leonard in Detroit, Michigan, 1992. Photograph: Michael Brennan/Getty Images

Peter Leonard wrote this beautiful tribute to his father, Elmore Leonard, in The Guardian.

See this recent television interview with national bestselling author Emily Sue Harvey.

Publisher Lou Aronica wrote about mentoring in a recent issue of Publishers Weekly.

The Detroit News had a terrific feature on Peter Leonard and the legacy of his father Elmore Leonard.

Story Plant publisher Lou Aronica published this multi-part piece for writers in

Ken Goldstein, author of This Is Rage, recently went toe to toe with Stuart Varney on Fox Business News. You can see the clip here.


Rave Roundup

Here's what reviewers are saying about some of our titles:

“While he will always face comparisons with his legendary father, Elmore Leonard, the author continues to establish himself as one of today’s better mystery writers.”
Library Journal on Eyes Closed Tight

“Steven Manchester’s latest book Pressed Pennies is another ‘rhythm of life’ masterpiece with his words drawing pictures in our minds…. The characters jump off the pages and into our hearts as we cry with them and rejoice with them.”
Single Titles on Pressed Pennies

“Fans of Williams's first Coleman and Dinah Green mystery, Restrike (2013), are sure to enjoy this sequel…. Williams has already won accolades from such notable authors as Steve Berry, Julia Spencer-Fleming, and Thomas H. Cook. This entry is bound to bring her more of the same.”
Publisher's Weekly on Fatal Impressions

“David Marlett sets a wonderful historical novel against beautiful descriptions of Ireland in telling the story of a disputed earldom. Fortunate Son offers rich history, well developed characters, and a unique conclusion.”
– Glen Cuchine, Christian Science Monitor on Fortunate Son

There are plenty more reviews to read by clicking on any of our titles.

Meet Our Characters

Grampa John is an elderly farmer who is short on formal schooling but long on backwoods wisdom. Meet him in The Rockin' Chair.

Kimo Balthazar is a disgraced shock jock who makes a remarkable discovery when he hits bottom. Meet him in This is Rage

Chris Massi has stood on the precipice of crime and conscience. He thought he'd already made the most difficult decision of his life, but the fate of his children forces him into another in The Fifth Man.

Leah is an angry, combative college student struggling with grief, wildly fluctuating emotions and visions. At night, under a full moon, “her body quivered and she saw the furniture vibrate in the light as if it were painted in air.” Explore her story in Women in Bed.



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