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.
Birds fly, dragons fly. Roebor, the Power Rising dragon, is obviously a little further removed on the evolutionary family tree from the common dinosaur ancestor than a bird like this beauty from Monteverde, Costa Rica, due to the fact that dragonpanthers are not feathered creatures like birds, but went on from feathers to evolve into fur. The dragonpanther must also have developed much stronger wings, since they don't have the hollowed out advantage of feathers. Or do they? Who is to say that each strand of fur is not also hollowed out? Not me, because I have never examined dragonpanther fur under a microscope. Anyway, this beauty is among the many many bird species that abound in the Cloud Forest and other ecosystems also found right there in Monteverde such as primary rain forest, secondary rainforest, and so on. I also saw the elusive Quetzel there, a bird that bird watchers come from all over the world to see. I am glad that with all the troubles the world knows, the beauty of a single bird can still cause such great joy for so many, including me.