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.
Happy Thanksgiving, my friends! Most of you don't have weather like the sunny warm day in this photo, which was taken when I was in Hawaii. I have the same weather here in Costa Rica. It is hard to reconcile this weather with the fall holiday. Plus, there are no pilgrim cut outs to be seen. And no pie. ☹️ My day was very low key as a result. It occurs to me that my Power Rising protagonist, Shannon Kendricks, hasn't celebrated any holidays in the series. I really should rectify that. Poor Shannon needs a nice warm Christmas story. Don't you love all that blue expanse of beautiful water behind the rocks? I have had nothing but lovely experiences in the waters of Costa Rica: snorkeling and whale watching, trying to boogey board, and dragging my feet in the shallows. Shannon's experiences with the ocean, on the other hand, have been, without exception, terrible and terrifying. Which was the very worst of her experiences? The Underwater Center explosion? The shark? The near-drowning hunting the hunter of rare whales? No, I'm thinking it was the deadly run-in with Tidak, the vengeful dragonpanther who wanted to avenge his son. Anyone want to make a different choice?