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There's No Such Thing as Coincidence!

Synchronicity! What is it?

And do you believe in it?

The Oxford dictionary defines synchronicity as 'the simultaneous occurrence of events which appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection'.

An example might be when you're thinking of someone you haven't spoken to for a long time, and then, straight out of the blue, you hear from them.

I totally believe in this incredible phenomenon. I've lost count of the number of times lines in my life have intersected in weird and wonderful ways. I was once picked up, as a hitchhiker, in the tiny country of Switzerland by a guy who came from the same small town I'd grown up in, in New Zealand. We didn't know each other, but we knew all the same people. Another time, I was hiking the Grand Canyon, and talking with my friend and fellow hiking companion about our early working years. A few bends in the track later, we ran into two women who asked us directions to the first campsite on the trail, and one of them was a lady I'd worked with many years before, in the very offices I'd just been telling my friend about. I even met my husband in a blinding flash of synchronicity that was so bizzare, it is a story all of its own. That's one I definitely plan to write!

Synchronicity can be spooky when it happens, but most of the time - I truly believe - it occurs as the universe's way of reminding us who's in charge, and that everything happens for a reason. People come into our thoughts or our lives (or both) and different things happen to us, and it's always with a purpose. Nothing happens by accident, and personally, I think that's really exciting.

I love to weave synchronicity all through my books because it's part of the fascinating, ethereal magic that brings my characters together and makes their journeys so interesting, meaningful, and hopefully memorable to the reader! This very special kind of fairy dust is a lot of fun to sprinkle around!

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