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

“There’s a major new presence on the crime scene...Reba White Williams,” said New York Times bestselling author Alexandra Penney of the author’s first novel, Restrike. New York Times bestselling author Julia Spencer-Fleming called Restrike “a captivating debut,” while New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Mitchard called it “savvy, saucy, and scary – a worthy debut from a writer who bears watching.”

Now Reba White Williams is back with another engrossing mystery set in the art world, featuring unforgettable cousins Coleman and Dinah Greene.

Read more about Fatal Impressions here.

Our Latest Bestseller

Steven Manchester’s emotional, unforgettable novel The Rockin’ Chair became The Story Plant’s third #1 bestseller (and the second for the author) when it hit #1 on the Nook overall bestseller list in early April.

You can read more about it here.


New This Year


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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.

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 is the Norman Rockwell of Literature!”
– Literarily Illumined on Pressed Pennies

“The language is quietly eloquent, and although the stories may be short, they will stay with you for a very long time.”
– Midlife at the Oasis on Women in Bed

“The blood, sweat and tears, of the characters and the author are ever-present in this book.”
– Tales of a Book Addict 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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