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.
No, there are no baby monkeys in the Power Rising series, and these are monkeys I photographed in Borneo, not my current home of Costa Rica. But. Who can resist baby animals and their mommas? I mean. This little guy just exudes personality to me, from his early 1900's hair styling to his eyes half closed in nonchalant savoring of some little fruit or nut tidbit. And those light blue eyelids. Love him. These monkeys were at a nature reserve in northern Malaysian Borneo that I was visiting to see a population of orangutans. Malaysia seemed to be doing a pretty good job trying to preserve their extremely endangered orangutans. I didn't go to Borneo particularly worried about the endearing orange primates but came away--especially from Indonesian southern Borneo-- very worried indeed, as palm oil plantations are encroaching on the supposedly protected nature reserves and killing many, many orangutans in the process, orphaning their babies, and destroying their limited habitat. I was very sad after I visited an orphanage for orangutans whose mothers had been killed.These guys in this photo, though, are in no danger. Whew.