My first published works were poems and even though I now spend more time writing novels, I still consider myself a poet. Early in life, I was taught to be economical with words, to find the right word to evoke a mood and to say that word out loud to experience its unique rhythm and power. I try to use some of the same techniques in writing prose.
Whether I write a mystery or a romance, my books are always about people and the psychology of their relationships -- what makes some relationships work and others not work. I try to make the author invisible so that each character has her or his own voice and can tell the story in their own way, using their words, not necessarily mine.