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Author allegedly faked suicide to promote romance: 'Beyond psychotic'

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Susan Meachen just wanted to be a bestseller.

Instead, the aspiring novelist allegedly created a legacy filled with lies.

After allegedly disguising herself as dead for over two years, the author has confessed to her alleged hoax: she is apparently alive and perfectly fine.

On Tuesday night, in a private Facebook group called “The Ward”, Meachen allegedly wrote a lengthy message explaining his seemingly faked fatality.

“I’ve debated how to do this a million times and I’m still not sure if it’s right or not,” read the post, shared in screenshots by an eagle-eyed Twitter user. “There will be tons of questions and a lot of people leaving the group I think. But my family did what they thought was best for me and I can’t blame them for that.

“I almost died again by my own hand and they had to go through all that hell again,” claimed Meachen, who appeared to be the admin of the private page. “Going back to The Ward doesn’t mean much, but I’m in a good place now and I look forward to writing again. Let the fun begin.”

The Post reached out to Meachen for comment.

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Meachen, who reportedly suffered from mental health issues, allegedly led the public to believe that she had been dead for over two years.
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The twisted story apparently didn’t just start this week, though. Meachen, the author of 14 novels, wove her web of apparent lies nearly three years ago when, according to Insider, she took to Facebook in September 2020 in a since-deleted post where she lamented her writing problems to her 1,300 Facebook followers.

At the time, she revealed her grievances with the publishing industry and allegedly admitted to trying to take her own life. The post also announced that her latest book would be published just a month later, on October 30th.

When news broke weeks later that the aspiring novelist had died, there was a trail of complaints that apparently made the alleged suicide all the more credible.

In a since-deleted Facebook post written by someone claiming to be the late novelist’s daughter, it was allegedly announced that Meachen’s page would continue to promote her final novel, a novel titled “Love to Last a Lifetime.”

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This week, however, she appeared to post on her personal Facebook page in a private group claiming she was still alive.
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Some fans believed the apparent death hoax was a ploy to promote her latest novel.
Facebook / Susan Meachen

Per her Amazon biography, the novel’s author described herself as an “avid reader” as well as a “wife, mother, meme, and friend.” But given that she grumbled about the difficulties of the literary world, her biography’s final line might be confusing to some: “I love hearing from readers, even if it’s just to tell me they hated the book they just finished.”

After Meachen’s supposed death, a group of authors dedicated an anthology of short stories to the presumed deceased author, implying that his suicide was the result of bullying, claimed one Twitter user.

Several suicide prevention fundraisers were listed on Facebook, although they apparently never received any donations. It looks like book sales were headed in the same direction when her daughter allegedly posted a disgruntled message on her mother’s account.

“Unless something changes in the next 21 days, all the mothers’ books will be unpublished,” she complained in February 2021, threatening that the page would go “dark” unless fans opened their pockets. “Your paperbacks will be for sale and not published. The only way to get the books will be through audio. Their sales and page reads have been zero for a few months now and it’s a waste of time working on them every morning after work with zero movement, hell we hired a PA to help and it hasn’t helped at all so far.

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Meachen’s alleged daughter, who allegedly posted on the author’s Facebook page, threatened to close the account when posthumous sales did not go as planned.
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The novel’s author claimed she had no choice in faking her death – her family allegedly announced it without her consent while she was receiving treatment.
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Meanwhile, the entire story was allegedly an elaborate lie that some publicly suspected was a hoax. promotional play. Meachen’s version of “fun”, criticized by fans, apparently belittled other authors and friends online in exchange for funeral funds and free and posthumous book publishing, according to a report by the website Jezebel.

Samantha Cole, a USA Today bestselling author, said she met Meachen online, talking to her once or twice a month. Cole claimed she was unaware that the seemingly troubled novelist was allegedly facing bullies—and her suicide rocked the circle of indie romances she was so involved in.

“It really destroyed the book world for a few months,” Cole told The Post. “When that came out the other night, it broke us up again,” she said of Meachen’s latest update. “We are grieving again, and this time for someone we thought was our friend, who did this to us, and sat in a different profile and just watched it all happen.”

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Meachen’s daughter allegedly managed his Facebook page after his death.
Facebook / Susan Meachen

Along with an extensive Facebook statement, Cole included over 40 screenshots of messages that were allegedly between her and a “dead person”, namely Meachen.

When Cole asked Meachen, “What’s going on????” she is reported to have replied, “Nothing. I simply want my life back. My family was in a bad situation and they did what they thought was best for me.”

Meachen claimed he was in the hospital “fighting for my life” when his family decided to write the heartbreaking announcement of his death, according to Cole’s screenshots. While the public believed she had passed away, Meachen was apparently alive and supposedly working with a psychiatrist “to get to a better place”.

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On the private group “The Ward,” Connie Ortiz, believed to be Meachen’s sister, pleaded with the author’s online friends to buy the novelist’s latest book.
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An apparently distraught Cole also shared screenshots of a Facebook profile created under the name TN Steele, which she claimed Meachen made up to stay on social media under that pseudonym. TN Steele, a self-described “wannabe author”, joined in and later took over “The Ward” page, talked to Meachen’s family, and more – with no one apparently knowing.

Cole told The Post that he was certain that TN Steele’s profile was Meachen under a pseudonym, claiming that not only did the dates of birth and marriage on Steele’s account match the allegedly deceased author, but also that Steele was able to work his way back to the same circles as Meachen. once reigned. Hours before Meachen declared that she was supposedly alive, Steele announced on her page that her true identity would surface when she logged into her “real account”.

In a 25-minute video posted to Facebook on Wednesday, Cole – who said she was “friend” with Meachen, though not “close friends” – bitterly called their mix “beyond psychotic” and vowed she would be more cautious around others. writers in literary circles.

“For two and a half years, she sat back and took on this whole new life, not telling anyone in the book world who she was,” Cole said in the video, which was seen by The Post. “Watching our grief – she and her family accepted free editing, accepted donations for a funeral that never happened.”

Romance enthusiasts took to Twitter to share their heartbreak, calling the alleged hoax “fraud” and the author a “piece of shit.”

“This Susan Meachen thing is so unbelievably disturbing and horrible,” said one baffled fan. wrote on twitter. “What sane person fakes their own death for TWO YEARS and then randomly logs onto Facebook one day and says, hey guys, I’m back!!”

“Susan Meachen faking her own suicide and then gleefully wandering back online because she ‘got bored’ is so exquisitely insane,” tweeted other.

“Novel writers really are operating on another plane of reality,” they concluded.

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