Marian Exall lives in Bellingham, Washington. She is married with a son, a daughter and two granddaughters.

Like her heroine Sarah McKinney, Exall was born and raised in England. She lived in France and Belgium before moving to Atlanta where she practiced employment law with leading firms and as in-house counsel. 






Marian Exall

writer, trainer, consultant


Marian Exall was recently interviewed by Jennifer Karchmer for  The Whatcom Wordsmith, a radio program about all things literary, broadcast on 102.3FM in Bellingham, Washington.

You can listen to the podcast here.

An interview with Marian Exall
Exall was also featured in A LOOK AT OUR LOCALS on the Village Books website.


How did you become interested in writing?
I wrote stories as a child, and then nothing but legal writing (ugh!) for many years. Over the last fifteen years, I’ve published several articles and blogged for trade and specialty magazines, decoding human resources compliance for the general reader. Once I moved to Pacific Northwest, I had time to write fiction, and rediscovered the fun.
Tell us a little about the second Sarah McKinney mystery novel, A Dangerous Descent? 
An offer to help her long-time friend and mentor locate his estranged daughter takes Sarah to the Dordogne region of rural France. There she uncovers a troubled history that parallels her own. To rescue the woman she has come to find, she must confront danger as well as her own demons.

Read more of the interview ....



"Throughout my life I have been an avid -- even indiscriminate – reader of fiction. It was an escape from the pressures of a demanding career while raising a family. Once the children flew the nest, and I had more time, I began writing articles for professional journals and magazines, and a blog on HR topics called ​The Human Element .  Since moving from Atlanta to the Pacific Northwest in 2006, I have been concentrating on fiction: short stories, a memoir and three novels."