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.
It seems I am going to have to leave Costa Rica, probably in January or February, when my house sells. Apparently December is the big sales month for real estate. The reason for this wrenching of me away from the beach and the jungle and the mountains and the birds and the lizards and the sloths and all such things is that my health requires it. The nearest quality medical care is an hour away [if there are no mudslides or trees in the highway] here and I haven't yet received my temporary residency which would allow me to take advantage of the free health care system. I'm hung up in the bureaucracy somewhere and have been for two years. So now I am busy getting the house ready for sale. Many things need fixing up here. Many many things. But I am here for the moment and enjoying it and still loving it. Don't forget--you can get a free novella on my website, 29,000 words, the story of witches and kidnapings and so forth.