How has your father's poetry and writing influenced you as an author? How about your mother's or your aunt's writings?
My father insisted the the simplest metaphor was the best metaphor. His poetry was driven by a fierce economy of words. That attitude permeated my work. It's made me a sensual, visual writer. I try to set each scene by making you smell and taste it first. With Mom, the lesson has always bee, "Go for broke!" Commit to the boldest choice and go for it with all your heart. I translated this into, "If you're going to fail, fail big."