Interview with Biko McMillan

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Virgin Islands and since we are a cultural melting pot, it has allowed me to be able to tap into different experiences for when I write since I grew up around so many different things.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My e-reading device of choice if most definitely my phone. The versatility it contains regarding different platforms is unmatched!
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in 8th grade. The first poem I remember writing was a scathing critique of Christopher Columbus.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I was bored. Honestly, that was the biggest motivator. And boredom makes me uneasy. So I thought of some things, cried about some things, and from there, I just kept writing until I reached to 41. I wrote 41 in the first 2 weeks, realized that I needed to add some more to reach 50 and then wrote some more. So in all, I wrote 45 in 3 weeks and added 5 I had already written before I decided I would write a book.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I am one of the most patient people I have ever met...that is, when art is not involved. Otherwise, I am the most impatient person I knew. While I knew I could submit to publishers, I knew I didn't have the patience to wait for it to be accepted (or rejected). So, I found out about all the ways I could do it myself, without breaking the bank.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to share it with the world. I think that you hamper art when you keep it to yourself. Art belongs to the artist, but more than anything else, it belongs to world, in my opinion (but copyright and all that still applies!).
What do your fans mean to you?
The world. Without them, I wouldn't have the confidence to share my writing. Of course, I don't actually have fans yet...but a guy can dream.
What are you working on next?
Resting. I put a lot of energy into this book and for now, I'll take a breather and reflect on how far my writing and I have come.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The fact that I have a mission to change the world for the better. What that entails, I have no idea yet, but staying in bed wouldn't help me find out.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love photography. That's one. I also love making people laugh. I'm also an aspiring biomedical researcher so I'm hoping to be back in the lab soon before I get back to school for my PhD.
How do you approach cover design?
This is an interesting question. I am not a graphic designer by any stretch of the imagination. So for my cover, I went in with the mentality that simpler is better.
Published 2018-03-11.
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Books by This Author

Writing on Roots
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 6,060. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
Writing on Roots is a collection of poetry broken up into five sections, which the author calls "musings." They are musings on: childhood, love, heartbreak, blackness, and poems which asked to be written.