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Novelist faked suicide and returned to Facebook

Author Susan Michen announces she is alive years after apparent suicide

KSNF/KODE — A romance writer has been accused of faking her own suicide after she posted that she was alive, two years after a social media status from her account announced her death, USA Today reports. Susan Michen drew a furious backlash from other self-publishing authors after announcing she was alive and just needed a break from social media.

“I’ve discussed how to do this a million times and I’m still not sure if it’s right or not. Now I am in a good place and I hope to write again. Let the fun begin,” said the Tennessee-based author, before the controversy angered the world of independent writers.

Author of titles such as His evil way and chance meeting said, “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 this hell again.

Her Facebook page became a scribe’s shrine after it announced her death in October 2020. A post on the page accused her suicide of being harassed and bullied by other members of the book community.

USA Today reported that the page was later used to give away audiobook codes for her novels, raise funds for charities, and find editors for her unpublished work. In 2021, a Facebook post by someone who claimed to be Mrs Michen’s daughter stated that her mother’s books would be “unpublished” if sales did not increase.

Love for lifea story about a wealthy born man who falls in love with his best friend’s girlfriend was published and put up for sale shortly after her “death”, according to Rolling Stone magazine.

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