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. As to encounters with alien children, 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 is happy at home with her black brindle mastiff and her black cat. All similarities between her cat and Narcissus are purely and probably coincidental.
In the Power Rising series, bodies of water play a big part, both good and bad. On the plus side, the protagonist Shannon fights to return the beluga whale Juneau to the sea. On the downside, Shannon almost drowns -- more than once. But on the other hand, she experiences some awesome rescues. This Costa Rican waterfall is one of many in this lovely country, which also borders both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. This is one of the reasons I moved here. The size of these beautiful falls can be measured by the tiny figure standing on the rocks. Many people seek out rivers, lakes, ponds, waterfalls, the ocean when they are stressed or depressed or even angry, and find the waters to be calming. I always have. In fact, even the light reflecting on the surface of the little pool in my yard is enough to fill me with pleasure. Seeking the calm of water is something to try on a bad day.