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.
I have been incommunicado because I traveled to the US to see my daughter and her family. We've had some extra rain down here, even for Cost Rica's rainy season, and mud slides have occurred. As I was traveling to San Jose to catch my plane to fly home to Washington, we were stopped by a gigantic fallen tree that covered the entire highway and then some. It was to be a four hour wait. So, since two fellow shuttle riders had planes to catch [I was going to a hotel to catch an early morning flight], the shuttle service had us join the queue and trudge up a muddy hill and back down the other side with all our luggage, then past dozens of cars trapped on that side of the fall, so that we could be picked up by another shuttle. I should have known then that the trip was ill-fated. I arrived in Tacoma, to find that my daughter had tested positive for covid an hour earlier. The family was quarantined the whole time I was there. I stayed with a friend who had to go to several conferences and wasn't around either. A long way to go for a big fat nothing. Ah well. I am sure you and I have both suffered worse.