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 and third books in the series (A Dangerous Descent and A Splintered Step) won CIBA Clue Awards for international mystery. As well as the Sarah McKinney series, Exall's work has been published in anthologies: Memory into Memoir, Whatcom Writes, The Kumquat Challenge and So Much Depends Upon . . .. Her memoir An Azure Year won the Compass Silver Award for travel writing in 2016.
Turning to historical fiction, Exall has published a novelette The Elgin Letters, set in Victorian Yorkshire, and is seeking representation for a novel inspired by a true story of a Dutch diplomat who saved the lives of Jewish refugees during World War II.