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 is a photo of me and my little girl taken many, many, many years ago in a park in Arizona. I wonder now why I didn’t think to be wary of tarantulas or scorpions before I elected to sit on the ground! The photo reminds me of the various climates in which I have lived, from arid Arizona to humid Costa Rica, from the deep snows of northern Idaho to the total lack of snow here in Costa Rica, and places in between. Do you have a favorite sort of climate? I have appreciated different things about each of the climates In which I have lived. But my old bones are pretty happy right now to be shed of Washington state’s cold wet winters. Writers sometimes forget to write climate into their novels although rain, snow and sunny beaches are a staple and often have symbolic meaning. My protagonist, for example, is caught in a raging storm in rough seas and, as is the usual symbolic meaning, it portends bad times to come. Quite bad times. Pleasant reading to you and enjoy those symbols!