Author allegedly faked suicide to promote romance novel: ‘Beyond psychotic’

Susan Meachen just wanted to be a bestseller.

Instead, the aspiring romance writer allegedly created a legacy riddled with lies.

After allegedly masquerading as dead for over two years, the author has reportedly revealed her alleged deception: she is apparently alive and perfectly well.

On Tuesday night in a private Facebook group called “The Ward,” Meachen reportedly wrote a lengthy message explaining her apparently fake death.

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

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

The Post has contacted Meachen for comment.

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Meachen, who reportedly suffered from mental health issues, allegedly led the public to believe she was dead for more than two years.
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However, the twisted story apparently didn’t just start this week. Meachen, the author of 14 novels, spun her web of blatant lies nearly three years ago when, according to Insider, she took to Facebook in September 2020 in a post she has since deleted in which she lamented her writing problems to her 1,300 followers on Facebook.

She then revealed her problems with the publishing industry and allegedly admitted that she had tried to take her own life. The Post also announced that her latest book will be released just one month later, on October 30.

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

In a Facebook post that has since been deleted by someone claiming to be the late author’s daughter, it was said that Meachen’s page would continue to promote her latest novel, a romance titled “Love That Lasts a Lifetime.”

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However, this week she made a post from her personal Facebook page in a private group claiming she was still alive.
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Some fans believed the fake death hoax was a ploy to promote her latest romance novel.
Facebook / Susan Meachen

According to her Amazon bio, the romance author described herself as an “avid reader,” as well as a “wife, mom, meme, and friend.” But given that she grumbled about the hardships of the literary world, the final line of her bio might strike some as cheesy: “I love hearing from readers even if they tell me they hated the book they just finished.”

After Meachen’s alleged death, a group of authors devoted an anthology of stories possibly to the late author, insinuating that her suicide was the result of abuse, one Twitter user claimed.

A number of suicide prevention fundraisers are listed on Facebook, although they apparently never received any donations. Book sales seem to have gone in the same direction when her daughter allegedly posted a disgruntled message on her mother’s account.

“If something doesn’t change in the next 21 days, all the mommy books won’t be published,” she complained in February 2021, threatening that the site would go “dark” if fans didn’t open their pockets. “Her paperbacks will be on sale, but unpublished. The only way you will be able to access the books will be through audio. Her sales and page reads have been at zero for a few months now and it’s a waste of time for me to do them every morning after work without any movement, hell we hired a PA to help and so far it hasn’t helped.”

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Meachen’s alleged daughter, who reportedly posted on the author’s Facebook page, threatened to close the account if posthumous sales did not go as planned.
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The romance author claimed she had no choice to fake her death – her family allegedly published it without her consent while she was reportedly undergoing treatment.
Facebook / Susan Meachen

Meanwhile, the whole story was allegedly an elaborate hoax that some publicly suspected it to be promotional trick. Meachen’s version of “entertainment,” fans criticized, apparently disparaged other authors and online friends for funeral funds and free, posthumous book editing, according to a report on the site Jezebel.

USA Today bestselling author Samantha Cole said she met Meachen online, talking to her once or twice a month. Cole claimed she didn’t know the seemingly distraught writer had allegedly faced abuse – and her suicide has shaken up the indie romance circuit she was so involved with.

“It really blew the book world apart for a few months,” Cole told The Post. “When this came out the other night, it tore us apart 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, sat under a different profile and just watched everything happen.”

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Meachen’s daughter reportedly ran her Facebook page after her death.
Facebook / Susan Meachen

Along with the extensive statement on Facebook, Cole included more than 40 screenshots of messages that were allegedly between her and the “dead person,” namely Meachen.

When Cole asked Meachen, “What’s going on????” she reportedly replied: “Nothing. I just want my life back. My family was in a bad position and they did what they thought was best for me.”

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

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In a private group called “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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A visibly distraught Cole also shared footage of a Facebook profile created under the name TN Steele, which she claimed Meachen made up to stay on social media under that alias. Self-described “wannabe authors” TN Steele joined and later took over “The Ward” site, spoke to Meachen’s family and more – apparently no one was the wiser.

Cole told The Post she was certain the TN Steele profile was Meachen under an alias, arguing that not only did the birth and wedding dates on Steele’s account match the purportedly deceased author, but Steele was able to return to the same circles Meachen once ruled. . Hours before Meachen said she was supposedly alive, Steele posted on her page that her true identity would be revealed when she logged into her “real account.”

In a 25-minute video posted to Facebook on Wednesday, Cole — who said she was “friends” with Meachen, though not “close friends” — bitterly called her fabrication “more than psychotic” and vowed to be more careful with to other writers in literary circles.

“For two and a half years, she sat and started a whole new life, not telling anyone in the book world who she was,” Cole said in a video viewed by The Post. “Watching us grieve – she and her family accepted free editing, accepted donations for a funeral that never happened.”

Romance fans took to Twitter to share their disgust, calling the alleged nonsense “fraud” and the author “piece of shit.”

“This Susan Meachen thing is so incredibly disturbing and horrible,” one bemused fan he wrote on Twitter. “What sane person fakes their own death FOR TWO YEARS and then one day randomly goes on Facebook and is just like hey guys, I’m back!!”

“Susan Meachen faking her own suicide and then nonchalantly wandering back to the internet because she’s ‘bored’ is so utterly insane,” chirped more.

“Writers of romance novels really operate on another plane of reality,” they concluded.

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