Written by Danni Remaili
Danni from Ghosts of Oz chats with Sharon Ann Rowland, published author and Editor of Oddities e-Club Magazine on what life was like growing up, her magazine as a media platform and how her experiences have influenced her writing today.
Hello you GOOey followers, today I have the privilege of speaking with one of the most esteemed paranormal media outlets, Sharon Ann Rowland of the Oddities e-Club Magazine. Sharon, it’s been since May this year, (Paracon Australia to be specific) since we’ve spoken. I had the honour of introducing you at your ET and Spirit Contact Panel! How are you?
Well, very busy at the moment Danni, preparing for our bumper Xmas Issue going out December 1st, as well as the release of our first three-(3) Oddities e-Club Magazine books, namely:
1. Oddities e-Club Magazine Interviews Issues 01-12
2. Oddities e-Club Magazine Ufology Paranormal Conspiracy Issues 01-12
3. Oddities e-Club Magazine Metaphysical Musings Issues 01-12
And preparing to host a stall at the popular Conscious Life Festival on the Sunshine Coast in mid-November, and UFO Conference at Byron Bay in January 2017.
Whoa! Ok a lot going on that is amazing. Well, I’d like to begin by asking you for a very brief overview of what Oddities e-Club Magazine is and what we can expect from your latest issue. Just something for our newbies who haven’t yet had the pleasure of having a flick through your magazine.
The Oddities e-Club Magazine (or OeC) hit both the Apple and Google play Newsstands just over three years ago, our mission was (and still is) to help and educate people in the mainstream who have a genuine (sometimes pressing) interest in more spiritual and supernatural fodder, to take their first step into our world. The magazine is divided into many eclectic sections, namely:
• Interview Me (two thought-provoking interviews per issue with real people working in fields not recognised by the mainstream)
• Columnist Articles (first person reports from recent events and experiences)
• Conspiracy Theory + Fact (a selection of the latest + greatest conspiracies known across the globe)
• Ufology (any unexplained moving object observed in the sky, thought to be of extraterrestrial origin)
• Paranormal (the claimed occurrence of an event or perception without scientific explanation, or other supernatural phenomena)
• Metaphysical Musings (branch of philosophy that studies the ultimate structure + constitution of reality)
• Fringe Science (scientific inquiry in an established field of study which departs significantly from mainstream or orthodox theories)
• Natural Living (folk remedies based on the use of plants, plant extracts, flora, fauna, food + crystals)
• Artisan Collective (art forms that stimulate the ventral straiatum + activate the hypothalamus)
• Book + DVD + APP + Product + Service Reviews
Perfect! Let’s just go a few years back to when you were living in England, though. You were born there and then made the transition over to Australia. When and where did this writing journey begin for you, and what prompted your interest in the paranormal and all things unknown?
I view my life as a puzzle without a guiding picture at times Danni. I know that one day I’ll be able to look down at my life as a seamless image, but at this time I still have a lot of pieces scattered around the border. I have always written stories - in my childhood the subject material revolved around my imaginary friends, and in later life, stories from my dreaming (and a series of dream journals I have kept since turning 13). I spent most of my childhood in a pleasant haze, stumbling through school and other activities (especially sport), craving to get back to my room and to feel the texture of a crisp new notebook page.
It really wasn’t until later life that I realised the supernatural world had surrounded me since the age of 5. I had a series of imaginary friends, which now in hindsight I have correctly identified as encounters with various supernatural entities.
Also, I have found my path littered with alternate teachers, mentors and friends. Beginning with my grandmother who used to make potions in her London kitchen and sell them to the surrounding community – she was more popular than the local Doctor.
I can definitely relate to you in regards to keeping dream journals and writing. As a writer you know yourself the internet is full of trash and treasure. How do you sift through the tonnes of information and evidence out there and decide on what goes into your magazine? How do you make sure you’re getting honest and truthful information? What’s Sharon’s process?
Contact. I always reach out and sample a potential interviewee’s energy before requesting an interview. If the energy is positive a request is made. With Columnists I usually meet them in person, and spend time with them prior to asking them to join the OeC family.
Well, I already knew your energy was positive from our encounter at Paracon (laughs) which is why I wanted interview you. So what has been your greatest achievement yet, and why would you consider it your greatest?
I achieve something every day – each time a new reader downloads the magazine and their world opens up to other possibilities. I don’t really think along the lines of greatest / weakest – I just manifest what needs to be achieved, and with the magazine that is getting the amazing words, protocols and thoughts of my columnists to our society where they can do the most good.
What a positive approach! I’ve noticed you take yourself to many conferences, most recently the Paradigm Shift Summit in Queensland. Did you discover many new things or even learn something new about yourself and your process?
I do attend a number of conferences within the various alternate communities. Why, well a number of reasons:
• To support the event and its creators (a lot of hard work goes into running an event).
• To learn and to educate myself further (always the student).
• To meet new people and socialise with old friends (best part about any conference).
• Sometimes to host or present a topic myself (always good to challenge oneself).
• To keep in touch with the most topical subject matter for the magazine (vital research).
• To hear potential new columnists/interviewees speak (and assess their energy and truth).
You dabble with varying topics across the paranormal board; some might even say extremely controversial topics too. As a media outlet highly active online, how do you combat people who may “troll” your blogs or messages? I myself find it difficult to hold back, but as media outlets, we must remain fair and unbiased; it’s a difficult task isn’t it?
Fortunately most social media forums allow you to remove or delete (or report) any offensive posts, so if this is possible they are simply removed. In the early days of the blog I would interact with trolls, but it never ended well. Now, I take down the post, and reinstate it a day later – I’ve found trolls don’t like to retype their own words.
I remember you saying during your panel chat at Paracon this year, that you’ve experienced some unusual online activity, whereby articles and messages have been deleted, sometimes even hacked. Can you elaborate on your thoughts behind this? Could this be more than just a random lone wolf behind his/her computer against all things paranormal? Could it be something a little more political?
This is a constant battle, and I’m sad to say I’m fully expecting it to continue whilst the magazine is in operation. I have a good friend who is ex-Telstra, who regularly sweeps both my house and PC electronics for bugs – during our first year of publication he found multiple tapping mechanisms on my landline, and spyware on my main PC. In the past three years I have retired six-(6) PC/laptops (most only 1-2 years old) due to various hacking and malware attacks. I now work predominantly offline, and upload only when required and usually in external wi-fi settings. Our main server has three forms of backup due to the severity of our issues, and a fourth backup is taken off-site monthly. Fortunately my mainstream role was as an IT Consultant and a Disaster Recovery Analyst so when this all started to appear targeted I called in a few favours and was given a host of software to stop the attacks in their tracks.
Is this politically driven? Not sure, I do know that my magazine educates people in areas outside the normal mainstream system – we teach people how to cure themselves of disease, how to question authority and protect themselves, we put people in contact with their tribes - you decide if that’s enough to make us a problem that needs fixing.
It has been an absolute pleasure chatting with you, Ghosts of Oz are a huge fan of your work. Thank you so much for taking time out to speak with me, Sharon.
My pleasure Danni, and I’d just like to thank all of our readers (our Oddologists!) for keeping us in print for the past three years, and of course, to my columnists for their various articles that change our world for the better, cheers!