Marian Exall

Marian Exall splits her time between Bellingham in Western Washington, and the Methow Valley in North Central 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. In 2006, she moved to the Pacific Northwest, retired from the law, and devoted herself to writing. She is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Emory University School of Law.

She has published three Sarah McKinney mysteries. The second in the series A Dangerous Descent, won the Clue Award for international mystery from Chanticleer Reviews. As well as the Sarah McKinney series, Exall's work has been published in anthologies: Memory into Memoir, Whatcom Writes (2017 and 2019), The Kumquat Challenge and So Much Depends Upon . . .. Her memoir An Azure Year won the Compass Silver Award for travel writing in 2016.


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

Listen to the podcast here