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, just as Shannon Kendricks has. As to encounters with alien children, as in the trilogy, 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 lives in Costa Rica with her black cat. All similarities between her cat and the trilogy's Narcissus are purely and probably coincidental.
This juvenile orangutan is stuffing her sweet little face at a feeding station in Borneo. You can see her puffed out cheek. She was apparently hungry! In this regard she is not unlike Shannon Kendricks, the protagonist of the Power Rising Series, who, due to extraterrestrial circumstances beyond her control, suddenly finds herself with a massive appetite--all the time. Why did I create a heroine who can eat all the chocolate doughnuts she wants along with her lasagna, cheesy broccoli, bananas and apple pie [the whole thing]? Because I wish I could! I hope readers enjoy living vicariously through her frequent, calorie-laden meals with the gusto I did when I was writing her dream eats. The little orangutan is at a feeding station because her mother started out as an orphan and isn't yet proficient at gathering her own food for her and the little one in the wild. The orphanage makes sure the orangutans always have food once they release them to live on their own. A kindness on behalf of an endangered species.
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