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.
Here you see two photos of the latest addition to my household--Mochi. He is a Devon Rex, six months old, insatiably curious, high energy, and totally cuddly. I meant to wait on adding a puppy or kitten to my family until I had settled in more here at my new apartment, but I performed the fatal act--out of curiosity I looked online at where I might find a Devon Rex should I decide on one and oops, found this one. Before I knew it the breeder was delivering him. Why a Devon Rex? Because they are the closest thing to a non-allergenic cat that a person can get. Although I loved my JMacky, who came from the Humane Society, to bits for 16 years, I suffered for it with allergies. Meanwhile, I have been absent because I moved: much unpacking to do, much adjusting. And while I was moving, my latest book came back from my editor with comments and suggested revisions, which I have been plodding through, deciding whether to accept or reject changes, and mulling over the comments. I am almost finished. Thank goodness. What a thankless chore. I have only to go through to see if I missed any comments, then make some other fixes I have jotted down and then I can finally send the manuscript off to the small publisher which wanted to see it. So, things are settled enough for me to get in touch with you again. And I will.