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.
Once again I am writing about such beautiful things as this flower, of which I took the photo when I was in San Gerardo de Dota, and as the bird I posted last week (still here because I had trouble uploading this one in its stead) One thing I have loved about Costa Rica is that I have flowers to admire and birds to hear sing all year long. Some of the birds are the ones people in the US will be enjoying soon that come to Costa Rica to winter over. Some are year round residents. I came away with nice video of several birds nesting, including the lovely quetzal, in the Sangreve Valley. My favorite scene of my protagonist Shannon enjoying nature is when she and Luke are awaiting an audience with the celestii in a lovely field of grass and wild flowers. And there is a bird, too, in the trilogy, a crow--not so beautiful as a quetzal perhaps but a person can catch iridescent colors reflected in the black if the light is right, and anyway this crow is full of surprises. Beauty is not on offer in the Ukraine right now and I remain mindful of that. So I cling to beauty where I find it and count myself very, very lucky.