A Splintered Step

The third Sarah McKinney mystery

​Coming in September

Read a sample here

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 realized 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.

Memory into Memoir, an anthology

​Now, in A Splintered Step, Sarah's plans for a cosy Christmas vacation with her lover in London turn to terror when she reconnects with a figure from her childhood. 

Marian Exall's contribution, titled An Azure Year wins Silver in the Eleventh Annual Solas Awards for travel writing!


A Sarah McKinney Mystery

Marian Exall

​ writer, trainer, consultant

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.

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


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

Book launch at the

Decatur Book Festival