Who is Richard Zowie?
Some Frequently Asked Questions about me…
You’re kidding, right? No.
How do you pronounce it? Rhymes with these words: wowie, Howie (as in Howie Mandel from Deal or No Deal) and Maui.
Where did it come from? The Zowie family originated in Germany (Bavaria, to be specific). My grandfather’s birthname was Sylvester Sebastian Zahnweh (pronounced “Tsahn-veh” and means “Toothache” in German), and a few years later his name was Americanized. He became Sebastian Paul Zowie.
When did you become a Christian? October 1981, reassurance of salvation April 1984.
You seem to be a quirky person with a bizarre sense of humor. Why? I’ve always loved to laugh and enjoy making others laugh. Also, I suffer from a chronic desire to keep myself constantly occupied and entertained. If I’m not writing or working on something that has to be done, then I say or do goofy things. Primarily, they’re designed to make me laugh, but as I get older, I think I’m getting better at making others laugh. Still, considering the garbage that many Americans think is funny today (Knocked Up, for example), I tend to roll my eyes when people tell me my jokes aren’t working. And, frankly, most of what the world considers funny either bores me to tears or is simply revolting. Especially if it’s a Kevin Smith movie.
When are you ever not joking around? When dealing with finances, medical issues or other serious family matters.
Who are your favorite authors to read? Ray Bradbury, Harry Turtledove, Stephen King, Frank Peretti. Michael Crichton. Haven’t read Ted Dekker yet, but I’m told he’s very good. The late Mr. Crichton had an exceptional gift for taking complex technical information and making it very readable. I wish more “hard science fiction” writers would emulate his brilliant pacing style.
Do you ever receive e-mail from readers? Sometimes. It’s a mixture of positive and negative. One e-mail even accused me of being a closet homosexual due to my criticism of Sean Penn and how overrated he is (regarding his Academy Award for Milk). This accusation is one of the funniest pieces of hate mail I’ve ever read and qualifies as “heterophobia”. It’s always hilarious, howbeit sad, when complete strangers suddenly think they’re experts on what goes on in your mind. Besides, if this gentleman actually spoke to people who know me, he’d realize how absurd his assessment was.
What’s your favorite Bible to use? King James Version. Zondervan and New Open Study Bible editions are ones I’ve used and liked.
Ok, so what’s your favorite pen? Papermate, of course.
What’s your favorite Papermate? Pro-fit, Flexigrip Ultra, Silkwriter (old style) and Comfortmate. I also like the 1.2 and the see-through Dynagrips.
Are there any Papermates you don’t like? Flexigrip Elite (the barrels tend to get greasy and are hard to grip), Apex (barrel’s too big and too hard to grip, and the 1.6 mm ink dispenser is too big and tends to cause the ink to clog); the new Silkwriter (the grip’s great but the 1.6 mm barrel causes the same problems the Apex does)
Whom did you vote for in the 2008 U.S. presidential elections? Two people: John McCain and not Barack Obama!
Why are you an independent conservative? Because since the era of President Reagan, the Republicans have more than proven that government bureaucracy, irresponsible spending and the lack of common sense are hardly exclusive to the Democratic party.
What advice do you give to aspiring writers? Read and write. Constantly. Network. Be open to criticism. Never, ever quit.
How long have you been writing columns for the Beeville Bee-Picayune? Since February 2001.
Questions? Comments? Drop me a line at email@example.com.