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.
These flowers were up in Monteverde when I visited. If you look carefully you will see some little flowers growing on the ground that look pretty much exactly like the flowers on the plant with the big green leaves. Those clever little ground flowers grow close to their counterparts to benefit from the pollinators attracted by the bigger set of blooms. Authors are the same. In our work, we mimic real people, sometimes real places, and certainly real emotions and thoughts. Even science fiction and fantasy must mimic the basic truths of humanity or readers can't connect with the characters. I tried hard to do this in the Power Rising Trilogy. On a separate note--I'm back! After broken laptops [yes plural], broken thumb, and a visit to the States, I am up and running again. So sorry for the absence. Coming next week--the beginning of the cover reveals!