This plot twist was completely unexpected.
In September 2020, a Facebook post purporting to be from the daughter of indie romance author Susan Meachen announced her suicide.
Ms Meachen wrote “perfectly flawed” romance novels and had created a close-knit online community of readers and fellow authors who supported one another’s work.
Susan A Cole, author, recalled being shocked as word of her death spread.
“We were grieving for that alone when it came out that one of our own had taken her life,” Ms Cole told the BBC.
Then, online, rumors began to circulate that Ms Meachen had been bullied.