The Athens Banner Herald is reporting the death of 50-year-old Julie L. Cannon of Watkinsville.
MacGregor Literary agency owner Chip MacGregor told the newspaper the author passed away in her sleep Tuesday.
Cannon has authored six novels including "Truelove & Homegrown Tomatoes," "Those Pearly Gates" and, most recently, "Twang."
As news of Cannon's death spread to her fans, her Facebook page began filling with messages.
One fan wrote, "My heart is breaking over the sudden passing of Julie L Cannon. What a great southern author. If you have never read 'Mater Biscuit, then you should. This book made me laugh and cry. RIP Julie."
Funeral arrangements were not immediately available.