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.
In this excerpt, Shannon has just awakened from a terrible explosion to learn she is seriously injured. But she has things to do: a friend to aid, an alien woman to rescue, whales to save, a solar system to preserve. So she perseveres. I made her this way to shine as an inspiration for us when we must do the same. But sometimes it is hard to know whether to persevere. I have just faced this question myself in deciding whether I should move permanently to Costa Rica. This has been my dream and my goal but is it the right move for me? Am I being foolish thinking I could overcome the obstacles to picking up and organizing such a drastic move? Am I too old for such an endeavor? And on the other side of the coin, would I just be a quitter if I don't go? Would I be taking the easy way out if I stay home? Would I be missing an adventure that I won't have the chance to indulge again? Hard, hard, hard to know the answers. But answer them I have. I am going. p.s. I will have internet.
“Cuts and bruises. No broken bones.” He turned away. “A sizable chunk missing from your thigh, including muscle. You’re going to get a graft, but. . . they’re not sure whether you’ll be able to walk unaided.”
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