Anne Rivers Siddons, a best-selling author born in Georgia, has reportedly died at the age of 83.
The longtime novelist died Wednesday morning after a long battle with lung cancer. Siddons, who attended Auburn University, was one of several post-civil rights era authors who began publishing in the 1970s. In 1976, she penned “Heartbreak Hotel,” which was loosely based on her time at Auburn, working as a student columnist.
Siddons went on to work for Atlanta Magazine as a senior editor and published 19 novels and a collection of short stories. “Heartbreak Hotel” was made into the movie “Heart of Dixie” and her work garnered widespread praise, including from legendary author Stephen King.