After a career as an employment lawyer, Marian Exall now writes what she loves to read: fiction of all kinds.



               2015 CLUE award winner for

               international mystery

               and crime


A DANGEROUS DESCENT

The second Sarah McKinney mystery is available now!


Sarah McKinney, competent professional ..... damaged child

Marian Exall has crafted a character forged in the crucible of childhood abuse. Sarah's sophisticated exterior - love those Jimmy Choos! - hides a painful history. She excels at academics; relationships are harder. But in A Slippery Slope, Sarah falls in love and is drawn into a criminal intrigue that threatens her ordered existence.

Now, in A Dangerous Descent, Sarah searches for a missing woman whose troubled past parallels her own.​​

Book launch at the

Decatur Book Festival



Red Wheelbarrow Writers  is a loose association of Northwest writers in all genres who get together to celebrate each other's creative endeavors, commiserate each other's setbacks, and drink wine.

In September we will realize a long-held dream: to publish our first book, a memoir anthology. Over 30 writers have contributed their unique stories. Marian Exall revisits a formative year in the South of France. Find out how to secure your copy at our website.

It all depends on .... community.

Coming soon: Juicy Fruit Don't Grow On Treesa collective novel

Since 2013, Red Wheelbarrow Writers have also collaborated on a NanoWriMo novel. November is national novel writing month when writers all over the US strive to pen 2,000 words a day to achieve the first draft of a novel by December 1st. Beginning with a chapter by the group's doyenne, prize-winning novelist Laura Kalpakian, thirty members take a day each and contribute a chapter.

2015's novel, titled Juicy Fruit Don't Grow On Trees, is the best yet, and is shortly to be published as an e-book for Kindle. Watch this page for more details. Exall wrote Chapter 19.




Wow! What a fabulous event! Ninety thousand people attended the 2013 Decatur Book Festival in Atlanta, Georgia, the nation's largest independent book festival.​ Marian Exall was one of twenty-five authors featured in the Emerging Writers Pavilion.

Marian Exall

​ writer, trainer, consultant

Memory into Memoir

Book Launch at Village Books in Fairhaven

September 16 and 17 at 7 pm.

Two evenings of readings from the anthology.