WHILE fans thought one of their favorite authors was dead – it was discovered she had been writing under a different pen name for about two years.
Novelist Susan Meachen had reportedly died by suicide in a private fan group, according to a Facebook post by her supposed daughter in October 2020.
As The US Sun previously reported, Meachen showed herself alive on Jan. 2 by posting a message that implied her family was responsible for her faked death.
“I’ve debated how to do this a million times and I’m still not sure if it’s right or not,” she wrote in the post.
“My family did what they thought was best for me and I can’t blame them.”
“I am in a good place now and I hope to be able to write again. Let the fun begin,” she continued.
However, signs that Meachen might have been alive were apparent to her former book editor, Kasey Hill, when she discovered a writer named TN Steele.
Hill told The US Sun that TN Steele started promoting her books online in an eerily familiar style of writing and spelling.
“I noticed a lot of things that she posted, or what was said or written in the conversations, and it all looked the same as Susan texting me and Susan writing her books,” she explained.
According to Hill, a particular misspelling of the word “allegedly” caught her eye, since Meachen had made the mistake frequently.
However, it took a little longer for the book editor to confirm her suspicions that Meachen might still be alive.
Hill said she began searching online for information about Susan’s death but could not confirm her alleged disclosure of official documents or through an obituary.
Not only that, the person who had claimed to be Susan’s daughter would constantly update Hill on changes to Meachen’s books.
The alleged daughter also continued to post on Meachen’s old Facebook page, promoting her “mother’s” work.
After Meachen turned out to be alive on January 2nd, Hill’s suspicions about TN Steele were finally confirmed.
Hill told the Daily Mail that Meachen contacted her to explain that the pseudonym was hers and she then deleted the TN Steele account.
“No one knew it was her, but she admitted to me that TN Steele was actually her,” she told the publication.
“She erased it when she got out alive.”
Hill confessed to The US Sun that she was “torn up” when she realized it was all a hoax.
Following Meachen’s announcement that she was alive and the confirmation of the fake account, Hill made the shocking discovery that the author had been posting on TikTok the entire time since her “death.”
“She was on TikTok and doing TikTok videos and stuff like that,” Hill told The US Sun.
“Um, she just doesn’t take responsibility for her actions and blames her family.”
Hill went on to say that she and Meachen had a close friendship and that they communicated about shared mental health issues.
“She knows that I’m having suicidal thoughts myself, that it’s a struggle,” Hill explained.
“She knows what a struggle it is and that she’s just so easygoing, it was my family’s decision and I won’t blame them for it — I just can’t accept that at all.”
Hill told the Daily Mail that a few weeks before Meachen faked her death, she allegedly went into a 72-hour lockdown over a suicide attempt.
Meachen allegedly shot herself once to end her life.
This likely gave Hill and other close friends further inclination to believe the post about her death in 2020.
Co-author Candace Adams also told The US Sun that she and other members of the online writing community donated funds towards Meachen’s funeral.
They were then allegedly convicted by the person claiming to be Meachen’s daughter.
Adams said she contacted the Benton Police Department with allegations that Meachen had been raising money for a fake funeral.
The US Sun has reached out to both Benton PD and Meachen for official comment.
For more information, see The US Sun’s coverage of the recent Eminem death scam that broke online in December.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/7139577/author-faked-death-writing-fake-name/ The author who “faked her death” wrote under a false name for the entire two years that she pretended to be “dead.”