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.
This excerpt is the blurb for my third book, Power Stabilized. My life blurb today is similar: "Cathy Parker thought all she had to do was venture to a strange country, unpack her things and get on with the adventure. Boy was she wrong." [Actually, I knew there would be more to it.] But the big shocker is that, although the people in my house before me were on the internet, I can't get it for two years. Hmm. So I thought to get an unlimited data phone plan and use my trusty phone as a hot spot, but non-residents can't get a plan without certain paperwork. I thought I had the right paperwork with me. I did not. I need a new document from the Bank. I had to set up a bank account anyway so I went to the bank and sat two hours until it was my turn. At least we had chairs. By the time I reached the window and the clerk set up my bank account, it was almost closing and there were more long-suffering people to process. So I let the paperwork for the phone company go. Next up: the utilities. What adventures await me there?
Shannon Kendricks thought all she had to do was venture to a strange world and face a giant ace of aliens to save her friend Roebor. Boy was she wrong.