Anne Rivers Siddons writes commercial fiction books set in the southern United States. Many of her novels take place in Atlanta. Siddons's first book, John Chancellor Makes Me Cry, is her only nonfiction book.
Siddons reached commercial success in 1988 with her book Peachtree Road, a novel about wealthy Atlantan families. Heartbreak Hotel, a coming of age story set during the Civil Rights era, was made into a film called Heart of Dixie. Siddons has written one horror novel titled The House Next Door. The environment is a reoccurring theme in many of her books, such as King's Oak.
Anne Rivers Siddons was born in 1936 in Atlanta. She studied at Auburn University and while there, wrote for the college newspaper. She wrote an article for the newspaper about welcoming integration which received some publicity. During the Civil Rights Movement, she worked for Atlanta Magazine. Her articles were recognized by Doubleday Publishing, and she received a book contract for a collection of essays. The novel Downtown is based on her experience writing and editing for Atlanta Magazine.
Siddons is a prolific author and has a large readership. She married Heyward Siddons in 1966 and has four stepsons. She spends her time in Brookhaven, Atlanta, and Brooklin, Maine.