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 the dragonpanther Roebor's world, the seas roar with blue flames shooting high into the sky. As you will note, blue fire is absent from the picture here. Roebor also lives high above polished granite-like cliffs and not in the dense jungle here. [He wouldn't fit into this tangle; it would be smooshed flat.] Far below Roebor's cliffs, however, are forested valleys which become thicker as they sink toward the ocean. In that band of land below the cliffs and above the swamplands, it might look something like this. This scene is, of course, in Costa Rica, and is the view from in front of my attorney's office/home, accessible only through a locked gate and up a steep, steep one-way concrete road that turns to dirt half way there. I almost placed my SUV in four-wheel drive to take the road. But as I pulled out from the attorney's office and was confronted with this beautiful view, I forgot the definitely iffy way up and stopped to admire. In the trilogy Shannon doesn't spend much time on Roebor's world. I am wondering today what interesting creatures she would have found in this jungle of FireWorld. Perhaps I will dream of it tonight. Perhaps you will tell me what you found there in your own imaginings.
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