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.
I missed my chat with you last week--my apologies. I was up in Costa Rica's Cloud Forest being entranced by what I saw. This intriguing diaphanous butterfly was one such thing. None of the creatures in the Power Rising series are very well camouflaged, which leads to plenty of captures and evasions and injuries. This little butterfly has developed a clever camouflage--a predator looking its way sees mostly just the leaf there, and moves on. Good thing too, for a butterfly only lives for a day--it emerges from a chrysalis where its caterpillar had dissolved into a gelatinous goo and miraculously re-forms into a creature like this one, which must, if it is female, mate and find the one kind of leaf that her caterpillars will be able to eat when they hatch. She lays her eggs on that special leaf, flits around, and then she is done. Seems quite unfair to me.The protagonist of the Power Rising series often thought she was only going to last a day, because she found herself in such terrible straits. But she fights to live, a choice this little butterfly doesn't have. Maybe that's the strategy for survival humans have developed instead of camouflage--an indomitable will to find a way through, and a powerful love of life.