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.
In just over two weeks I must leave this lovely country behind. Not my happiest moment. I was emailing with a new business acquaintance this week who said she knew of droves of people selling in the US and moving to Costa Rica but nobody making the reverse trip. Just a little something to make me feel even more discouraged at having to go. But there are positives and I have been trying to remind myself of them every day, chief among them that I will be back close to my family. In the meantime, in order to cheer myself up, I have started planning and plotting my next book. Normally I am what writers call a pantser, meaning I just sit down and write, with the story elements in my head but without an outline, and if the creative process takes me away from my mental picture, so be it, the creative process wins. That is how, for example, in Power of Three of the Power Rising series, the little alien child found her way into the plot. She wasn't in the Plan but insisted on being in the story anyway. Yet for this most recent endeavor, I feel as if I need to keep better track of my various character and story arcs. The work on this new book will carry me out of Costa Rica and back to Washington state, and will hopefully help heal some breaking away wounds.