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 thought you might like this creepy crawly to get you in the mood for Halloween. This little buddy that I saw here in Costa Rica is about four inches across and is one of the most, if not the most, poisonous spiders in all of Latin America. As much as I love the animal world, I have never been able to get cozy with spiders,There are those [fringe element] individuals who believe most people are repulsed by spiders because the creatures came in on a meteorite from some distant part of the solar system. Yes, aliens. Indeed, plenty of spiders make it into written and filmed fantasies, usually of the extremely giant variety. And usually deadly, wrapping people up in giant cocoons for later meals. But then, there's always Charlotte's Web. Which still makes me cry just to think about it. Anyway, although spiders are the only creatures that totally creep me out [well, okay, and cockroaches], if I find one in my house, I still put on my big girl pants, capture it in a jar and turn it loose outside. Far, far, from my front door.