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 is how Roebor, the dragonpanther in the Power Rising series, might look if his ancestors had wandered down the evolutionary path retaining their scales. However, Roebor's people developed fur along with wings, and became neither lizards nor birds. The big guy pictured here, and he was a big guy, is known colloquially, if I recall correctly, as the Jesus Christ lizard for his ability to zip across water without sinking. Knowledgeable people, feel free to step in and correct my memory if I have his species wrong. Look at the spines on this puppy! Roebor has no spines, and I must say that spines would look pretty strange sticking out of his fur. Luckily for us, this lizard didn't develop the size that Roebor's people have attained, Roebor being one of the biggest among them. This big guy, which I saw running around at Manuel Antonio National Park, was quite as large as I would want to see a lightning-quick, spiny critter on the loose. Oh, but how I would love to see a glimpse of Roebor flying across the sky, blotting out the sun as he soared, his great wings spread wide!