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.
Hmm. This seems to be a post from November that never made it to publication. Let's read it now. Eep. Gone so long from my blog friends. Why the absence? First, my laptop went down. Had to take it to San Isidro to an Apple Store--but the helpful reps had no clue what was wrong with it. Whether I tried to have it fixed or bought a new one, I first would need to download my contents into a hard drive. But by this time I was due to go to Hawaii. True, it seems counterintuitive to go from Costa Rica to Hawaii, but this time I wasn't going for the island beauty and abundant marine life--I was going for a very great friend's retirement party. What? Cathy Parker seeing people instead of animals? Yes, in this case, I put a human being at the top of the to-see list.This is not common for me. I explored this aspect of my personality in the Power Rising trilogy through my protagonist Shannon Kendricks, although this exploration may not be noticeable to the casual reader. Authors do this sometimes--try to get at their own inner story while writing a different story. In my case, I found that I became more like the protagonist Shannon Kendricks! This was a good thing.