Jane Findlater and her older sister Mary are sometimes referred to as "the Findlater sisters." They were born in Scotland, the children of a minister. They were educated together at home by their father and governesses, and had a close relationship that extended to the co-writing of books. Jane's first novel, The Green Graves of Balgowrie (1896) was successful enough to enable her to support the family financially. Of the novels written with her sister, perhaps the best-known is Crossriggs (1908), a light-hearted romance of upper-class manners. They followed it with other similar novels that were highly popular in their day. The sisters also collaborated on two long novels with Charlotte Stewart (under her pseudonym Allan McAulay) and Kate Douglas Wiggin. Their popularity led to a wide circle of literary and artistic acquaintances, including friendship with Ellen Terry, May Sinclair, and Mary Cholmondeley. After meeting Henry James, the sisters got to know his brother William and his sister-in-law Alice while on a lecture tour to the USA in 1905. By the 1920s, their work seemed old-fashioned, and Beneath the Visiting Moon (1923) was their last book.