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.
When I drove into the mountains to visit the ancestral home of the indigenous Boruca people here in Costa Rica, this building is where I ate lunch. As my guide Henry started up the hill toward its shabby exterior, I hesitated based on the look of the place. The establishment, however, was clean and neat inside, with four or five tables and a well stocked bar. My guide had other business and so he left me there for an hour or so and I had a very pleasant, simple meal comprised of juice, chicken, beans, and some other stuff that I couldn't identify but that tasted pretty good. They were very nice to me there. So--lesson learned. Just now I am very sensitive to the adage "Don't judge a book by its cover," because I am painfully aware that in the writing business, that is exactly what people do--judge books by their covers and they do it quickly. Studies show that a person takes about three seconds looking at a book cover before deciding whether to move on. Not a lot of time. With this in mind, I have decided to update the covers of the Power Rising trilogy. Professional designing is underway. Perhaps I will post designs here to receive the thumbs up or down from you.