Sally WoodSarah "Sally" Sayward Barrell Keating Wood (October 1, 1759 – January 6, 1854) is considered the first American female writer of gothic fiction. She lived more than nine decades, authored four novels and one collection of tales, and was renowned as Maine's first novelist.
Wood was an author of gothic novels who wrote under the pen name "A Lady of Massachusetts". After Maine became a state in 1820, she changed her pen name to "A Lady of Maine". To her readers, however, she was better known as Madame Wood.
During Keating's extended period of widowhood she wrote four novels and gained popularity in New England. Provided by Wikipedia