Richard Collins of Baldwinsville is an aspiring novel writer.
Collins, who goes by the name of Skip, has published several poetry collections including "Fireside Reading," "Inside a Dedicated Heart," "Mirror Images" and his most recent, "Inside the Blue and White Room." His books can be found in the Onondaga County Public Library system.
The Baldwinsville Messenger recently met with Skip to ask him about his writing.
How long have you lived in the Baldwinsville community?
I've been in the Baldwinsville community for two and a half years.
Where did you live before that?
I lived in Manlius. The people there were great. Everyone there knows everyone by heart as well as by face. And walking down a street someone would yell out to me, 'Hi Skip. How's your mother?'
What do you like about Baldwinsville?
The community is great. There are friendly faces and friendly people, especially the staff at the Baldwinsville Library and, of course, the very friendly people at St. Mary's Church here in Baldwinsville.
What other activities are you involved in?
I am very active in the music ministry at St. Mary's Church. I am also active with the open mike nights at the library, which is held the third Wednesday of every month. I play guitar and sing. I am also active at Canton Woods senior center. I enjoy having lunch with the senior citizens, talking to them.
You frequently contribute poems to the Messenger. What do you like about poetry?
For me, poetry is a way of letting others know of how I feel about situations and the kind of nature that I am surrounded in. Baldwinsville is a beautiful place to write.
What inspires your writing?
Nature, of course, but I look at it this way: My writing is a God given talent. It's been in my blood to write for a very long time.