Coming soon: Juicy Fruit Don't Grow On Trees, a collective novel

Red Wheelbarrow Writersis an association of writers based in Bellingham, Washington, who get together regularly to celebrate each other's creative efforts, commiserate each other's setbacks, and drink wine.

Since 2013, they 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.

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.

2015 CLUE award winner for international mystery

and crime


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

Upcoming author events:

May 1, 4:30 pm. Books By The Bay Book Fair.  Author panel on Thrillers and Suspense.

Hotel Bellwether, Bellingham, WA.

May 15, 4:00 pm. Presentation on Mysteries to the Red Wheelbarrow Writers Book Club. 

Pickford Film Center, Bellingham, WA.

​May 18 and later rebroadcasts. The Whatcom Wordsmith at KMRE-LP at 102.3 FM. Radio interview.