Like her protagonist Shannon Kendricks, Cathy Parker is an attorney. She volunteered as a zoo keeper's aide for eight years and did have a very special beluga buddy, Mauyak. As to encounters with alien children, she is not saying. She was also a radio and print journalist and once was the 'Jill of all trades' for a small satellite paper in Wyoming. She did everything from taking to the photos to writing the articles and op-ed pieces to helping with layout and hauling the newspapers through blizzards once a week. As a result, she saw lambs being born and went on a cattle drive and ate her first (and last) Rocky Mountain Oyster. She has seen mountain gorillas in the wild in Rwanda and orangutans in Borneo and even rocked an orphaned baby orangutan to sleep on her chest. She has volunteered with a chimpanzee sanctuary for former research subjects. So you can see where her heart lies. Currently she is happy at home with her black brindle mastiff and her black cat. All similarities between her cat and Narcissus are purely and probably coincidental.
Would Roebor, the dragonpanther of the Power Rising series look like this? Uh no. This statue, which I saw outside Jakarta, Indonesia, is a depiction of "dragon" as it exists in the Far East, a more snake-like, wide-faced creature than the scaled, lizard-ish dragons of the European variety. And certainly nothing like the cat-featured, fur-covered creature that is Roebor. Eastern dragons were often very human, if not very nice, in their interactions with humans. This, at least, the eastern dragons have in common with Roebor, whose ancestors developed language and personalities not so different from those of humans--unlike the dragons of Game of Thrones, which were terrifying precisely because they were so unfamiliar and unknowable, so very NOT human. If you worshipped eastern dragons appropriately and didn't cross them they could bring great fortune--and if you didn't, they could bring great misfortune. In this they were like ancient gods, conjured by people struggling to explain and control the elements around them--the weather, the crops, sickness and death. Roebor is not worshipped--certainly not by protagonist Shannon!--because he is not a creature of mythology but rather simply a different species on a planet far, far away. In this respect he is a very modern idea of a dragon. And lovable, I hope, unlike this guy on the right.