‘Beyond insane’ author allegedly staged suicide to promote romance novel

‘Beyond insane’ author allegedly staged suicide to promote romance novel

Susan Meachen merely desired to become a best-seller.

Instead, the aspiring romance novelist allegedly left behind a legacy of deceit.

After supposedly posing as deceased for more than two years, the author has purportedly confessed to her alleged hoax: She appears to be alive and well.

Meachen reportedly posted a lengthy statement in a private Facebook group called “The Ward” on Tuesday night, detailing her apparent fake death.

A sharp-eyed Twitter user provided screenshots of a post that stated, “I’ve pondered how to do this a million times and I’m still unsure if it’s proper or not.” I anticipate that there will be an abundance of questions and a large number of people quitting the group. However, I cannot condemn my family for doing what they believed to be best for me.

Meachen, who looked to be the administrator of the private page, asserted, “I nearly died by my own hand again, and they had to endure all that horror once more.” “Returning to The Ward doesn’t imply much, but I’m now in a good position and want to write again. Let the games begin!

The Post has requested comment from Meachen.

Meachen, who apparently struggled with mental health issues, allegedly deceived the public for over two years into believing she was deceased.
Susan Meachen / Facebook

The convoluted story did not appear to have begun this week, though. Meachen, the author of fourteen novels, weaved her web of apparent lies over three years ago, when, according to Insider, she turned to Facebook in September 2020 with a since-deleted post lamenting her writing difficulties to her 1,300 Facebook fans.

At the time, she expressed her dissatisfaction with the publishing industry and supposedly admitted to trying suicide. Additionally, the tweet indicated that her last book would be released just one month later, on October 30.

When it was announced weeks later that the aspiring novelist had allegedly committed suicide, there was a paper trail of grievances that lent credence to the claim.

In a since-deleted Facebook post written by someone claiming to be the deceased author’s daughter, it was supposedly revealed that Meachen’s page would continue to promote her last novel, a romance titled “Love to Last a Lifetime.”

This week, though, she appeared to have posted from her own Facebook profile in a closed group stating that she was still alive.
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Some followers assumed that the apparent death fake was a publicity stunt to promote her most recent romance novel.
Susan Meachen / Facebook

The romance author’s Amazon bio describes her as a “avid reader” as well as a “wife, mother, meme, and friend.” However, given that she complained about the tribulations of the literary world, the final line in her bio may surprise some: “I enjoy hearing from people, even if they disliked the book they just finished,”

One Twitter user said that after Meachen’s purported death, a group of authors dedicated an anthology of short stories to her, implying that her suicide was the result of bullying.

A number of fundraisers for suicide prevention were advertised on Facebook, but they apparently never got any contributions. When her daughter allegedly sent an angry comment to her mother’s account, it appears that book sales were trending in the same manner.

“If nothing changes in the next 21 days, all of mom’s books will be unpublished,” she lamented in February 2021, threatening that the page would go “black” if followers did not donate money. “Her paperbacks will be available for purchase but unpublished. The only method of obtaining the books will be via Audio. Her sales and page views have been zero for a few months, and it’s a waste of my time to work on them every morning after work with no movement. We even recruited a personal assistant to assist, but it hasn’t helped so far.

When posthumous sales did not proceed as expected, Meachen’s putative daughter, who allegedly wrote on the author’s Facebook page, threatened to delete the account.\In the meantime, the entire narrative was rumored to have been an elaborate fabrication that the public felt was a marketing gimmick. Fans slammed Meachen’s “fun” for allegedly slighting other authors and online pals for funeral cash and free posthumous book editing, as reported on the website Jezebel.

Samantha Cole, a USA Today best-selling novelist, learned of Meachen’s apparent hoax and revealed that she was “stunned” that she was purportedly still alive.

Cole stated on Facebook, “I was frightened, stunned, enraged, and felt like I had been kicked in the stomach and chest simultaneously.”

“We mourned the loss of the woman we considered a friend,” added the “heartbroken” author. “I was personally attacked by a drama-loving author who said I was one of the authors that bullied Susan and caused her to commit suicide.”

Supposedly, Meachen’s daughter managed her Facebook profile after her death.

In addition to her lengthy declaration, Cole shared over 40 screenshots of purported exchanges between herself and a “deceased person,” allegedly Meachen.

According to reports, when Cole asked Meachen, “What is going on??? “, she said, “Nothing. I merely desire my life back. My family was in a difficult situation and did what they believed was best for me.”

According to Cole’s images, Meachen said she was in the hospital “fighting for my life” when her family decided to pen the devastating death notice. Meachen was reportedly alive and working with a therapist to “get in a better place” when the general public believed she had passed away.

Connie Ortiz, thought to be Meachen’s sister, urged with the author’s online acquaintances to purchase the novelist’s last book in the secret group “The Ward.”

Cole also posted screenshots of a Facebook profile created with the name TN Steele, which she claimed Meachen constructed in order to remain active on social media under that alias. TN Steele, who self-described as a “want tobe novelist,” joined and then assumed control of “The Ward” page, conversed with Meachen’s family, and more – without anyone’s apparent knowledge.

In a 25-minute video released on Facebook on Wednesday, novelist Cole — who said she was “friends” with Meachen, but not “close friends” — labeled her work “crazy” and vowed to be more wary of other authors in literary circles.

The Post viewed a video in which Cole stated, “For two and a half years, she sat back and assumed a completely new identity without alerting anyone in the literary world who she was.” “While watching us mourn, she and her family accepted free editing and donations for a funeral that was never held.”

Cole did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Post. However, she told Rolling Stone via email that the entire ordeal “torn apart the book community,” adding, “To have it turn out to be a hoax that was carried out for almost two and a half years is a smack in the face to everybody who ever supported her.”

Romance novel readers vented their ire on Twitter, labeling the purported con a “scam” and the author a “piece of crap.”

A stunned admirer remarked on Twitter, “This Susan Meachen situation is so horribly disturbing and awful.” “What normal individual fakes their own death for TWO YEARS and then, out of the blue, posts on Facebook, ‘Hey people, I’m back!’?”

“Susan Meachen faking her own suicide and then strolling back online because she ‘got bored’ is so wonderfully sick,” another user tweeted.

“Romance writers operate on an entirely different level of reality,” they concluded.

 

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