In September 2020, news that Indie romance author Susan Meachen had committed suicide devastated readers and members of her online community on Facebook. Now, just over two years later, the author has ‘miraculously’ reappeared on social media, claiming to be alive, well and ready to write again. Readers, however, are shocked, confused and appalled by the reappearance of the author they had grieved and lost.
Just over two years ago in September 2020, a user claiming to be the author’s daughter posted to Facebook from the author’s account, sharing news that the author had taken her life after being bullied. No fingers were pointed at who or what had happened. The news of Meachen’s death left a grieving online community wondering, what happened?
Then, just earlier this month, Meachen resurfaced, posting on Facebook from her original account:
“I’m still not sure if it’s right or not. There’s going to be tons of questions and a lot of people leaving the group I’d guess.”
Not quite sure if it’s right or not? Readers and fans were baffled by Susan’s first opening statement since the declaration of her death two years ago. She’s alive!? Susan continued:
“My family did what they thought was best for me and I can’t fault them for it. I almost died again at my own hand and they had to go through all that hell again.”
“I am in a good place now and I am hoping to write again. Let the fun begin.”
Details on what really happened are still unclear, though it seems that Susan had been struggling with suicidal ideation and perhaps had attempted to take her own life before her family had stepped in.
The Facebook post sharing news of the author’s ‘death’ in 2020 was allegedly written by her daughter, from Susan’s original account.
Immediately, members of Meachen’s online community became suspicious. Why use Susan’s own account? One gleaming clue that members of the group began to latch on to, came from a tiny grammar error.
Susan was known for using the term ‘post to’ instead of ‘supposed to’ in her writing before, something readers had taken note of and noticed in the posts from Susan’s daughter, who had been sharing updates on her mother’s death with the group, still from her mother’s account.
Susan’s ‘daughter’ went on to alert readers that she would be finishing her mom’s last book herself, and added that readers should support the late author by purchasing her latest book.
Months later, she even went as far as to announce that her ‘mom’s’ work would be unpublished due to no one purchasing copies or visiting the website for months.
After Susan’s reappearance earlier this month, members of the online group and friends that Susan had met online were all baffled and confused that she had miraculously reappeared.
Susan brushed over the fact that she had faked her own death, and went straight into claiming she’s ‘ready to write again.’
A close online friend of Susan’s, Samantha A. Cole, was shocked when she read the news, and approached Susan looking for answers.
Samantha asks Susan, “what is going on????” To which Susan responds:
“Nothing. I simply want my life back. My family was in a bad place and did what they thought was best for me.”
It’s unclear whether Susan had decided to fake her own death due to online bullying, or if her family had decided to do so for her because she had been going through a rough patch.
Even if Susan really had been suffering and needed a break, is that faking your death and letting an entire community of supporters grieve your death and support your family the way to do so?
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