Think about what influences your writing. I was asked for the literary influences in my work. Words. English is my second language. I’ve traveled the world, and am the product of three cultures: Native American, Hispanic and mainstream American. I speak three languages and interact with people of various cultures. What I like best are the words, how they are used and what they mean to the person speaking. For example, profundo is deeper than the word profound. The story of Pope from the Taos Pueblo means more to me than the story George Washington, also an interesting story. Thus, I write in English using Spanish words and concept to render Native worldviews that are frequently cross-cultural.