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.
On one side, the view from a restaurant high up an almost impassable road in Costa Rica. On the other side, a bloom from my yard on a vine in my Costa Rican back yard. To refresh your memories, I am recounting a special encounter in Alaska and I have been watching a group of humpback whales....After twenty minutes, a very young whale, perhaps sixteen feet long, swam over to examine the sailboat. Curious, he circled us, and swam upside down right under the hull. I loved it.
But then the little one’s mother joined us to keep an eye on her young one.
Now, the sailboat was thirty-five feet long and Charlie immediately became worried. Perhaps he was thinking of Moby Dick. The humpback was about fifty feet long, longer than our boat by a wide margin. If she had wanted to, she could have sunk us—perhaps you’ve heard of the orcas, smaller in size than humpbacks by quite a bit, in the Mediterranean Sea that have been playing with people’s boats, ramming them, damaging them, even sinking at least one. But that behavior, which most experts agree is not aggression, is rare. One of the prevalent theories is that the orcas, being highly organized social animals, were simply adopting a trend started by a dominant female. If so, at some point, they will tire of the trend and the behavior will stop....to be continued