Probably one of the most successful and prolific authors from the Victorian period, this Irishwoman penned near forty novels and many short story selections and in addition served while editor of the prominent literary journal titled St. James’s Publication. Writing beneath the pencil name of F.G. Trafford, she released her first book, The Moors as well as the Fens, in 1858. She published numerous ghost tales, and several of her books — like the Haunted River as well as the Nun’s Curse — also contain supernatural styles. Given birth to Charlotte Eliza Lawson Cowan, she was raised in Region Antrim, Ireland, as the kid of Ellen Kilshaw and Sheriff Wayne Cowan. After relocating to London, Britain in the middle 1850s, she wedded civil engineer Joseph Hadley Riddell. She was a modern of fellow Victorian article writer George Meredith.