Two years after a romance novelist reportedly committed suicide over bullying, she revealed it was all a lie

A romance novelist reportedly committed suicide after being relentlessly bullied, but two years later she revealed in a Facebook post that it was all a lie.

Susan Meachen is a self-published romance novelist from Tennessee, but her apparent suicide in October 2020 caused an uproar in the industry as writers turned on each other over the alleged bullying that prompted her to do so.

Meachen’s supporters took to social media to condemn the bullies who allegedly drove her to suicide.

On Monday, she announced that she was alive the entire time.

“I’ve debated how to do this a million times and I’m still not sure if it’s right or not,” Meachen wrote in the post on The Ward, a group for readers of her books.

“There will be tons of questions and a lot of people will leave the group I guess. But my family did what they felt was best for me, and I can’t blame them. I almost died by my own hand again and they had to go through hell all over again. Coming back to The Ward doesn’t mean much, but I’m in a good place now and I’m hoping to get back to writing,” she explained.

“Let the fun begin,” Meachen concluded.

Readers and other writers were understandably outraged that Meachen had duped them into faking her death for so long.

Adding to her complaint against the writer was that many of them had entered a charity auction to pay for her “funeral,” which apparently never took place.

“Today the indie writing world found out that Susan Meachen faked her own death and raised money for her so-called funeral.” wrote Author Cassandra Penticoff in a post on Facebook. “It’s fun for someone like her. She is an emotional sadist who likes to play with the emotions of others to see how far she can manipulate their feelings. Not to mention she’s a scammer. It’s disgusting.”

Some also suspect that another romance novelist who goes by the name of “TN Steele” and took over the Facebook fan group was actually Meachen. Two years after a romance novelist reportedly committed suicide over bullying, she revealed it was all a lie

Laura Coffey

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