Strange Coincidences

Strange Coincidences

In life they say they’re no strange coincidences.

Even this mountain isn’t a strange coincidence if you look at it close enough.

When writing SEETHINGS I came across one of these strange coincidences, a most unusual story I couldn’t leave alone. A lady-friend told me of it. It was real, very real. I was there and saw it. It really happened. It was so extraordinary I wanted it included into my narrative. Unfortunately, one of my earliest readers didn’t believe the story to be true. She was strongly objectionable about the coincidence and told me it was ‘completely ridiculous’ and wanted me to rewrite my story so I could take it out.

It had to do with the above pictured mountain.

This mountain is part of a range of mountains known as the Great Dividing Range which is located in eastern part of Australia. The range crosses three states. This itself is not unusual. This mountain is not particularly high but due to the relatively flat landscape to the north of it, it can be seen from a great distance. It’s a feature-scene for many homeowners who live north and have any windows facing south. This is where the our coincidence begins it’s wildly bizarre journey.


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A friend of mine had broken up with her husband.

It wasn’t an amicable breakup.

The police were involved.

She scooped up the baby and left the home with just a few other things of necessity in her little car. When the dust settled and their finances did the same, she decided to build a brand new home. She found a house plot, a builder and an architect who listened to all her special requests. One of those requests was to build the home in such a way that it allowed the living room window to face this mountain. She didn’t know the name of it but it was to be a feature of her new-found freedom.

The plot was cleared and the house began construction. While that took place, a fight in the courts ensued. It was all over custody. HE wanted access to the baby and SHE didn’t want HIM to have any part of the baby’s life.

There was name calling.

There were threats.

The police were involved.

The home was finished. A single mother and her child moved into a fresh, untouched home. She was there for a year and then met a new man. She invited him in. She showed him her home and then revealed the feature window by pulling back its curtain. There it was, a mountain of the Great Divide in the distance.

‘Do you know the name of that mountain? I’ve never known what it is.”

He knew it.

He said it.

The name he spoke was the same name of the mother’s former husband.

The curtain was snapped shut in horror.

Now you know why my reader asked me to remove the piece. She didn’t believe it to be true because it sounded too far fetched to be so.

But it was… and still is.

-Michael Forman (Author of SEETHINGS)

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Michael Forman’s books on Goodreads ratings: 4 (avg rating 4.50)


‘Forman’s writing style is artful, with the protagonist Mitchell’s warped thought processes masterfully exposed. The author has a powerful and vivid command of language and his word pictures are stark and disturbingly real.’ – Linda J Bettenay, author of ‘Secrets Mothers Keep’ and ‘Wishes For Starlight’


Strange Coincidences was originally published on MICHAEL FORMAN AUTHOR


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