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.
Call me cynical, but few things inspire me, really deep down inspire, as in make my heart ache with uplifted belief. Being in a place such as in the photo opposite is one such type of inspiration. I took this picture when I was up at the mountain home of the indigenous tribe I have mentioned before, the Boruca people. Even more inspiring today, though, is grasping what unbelievably brave hearts and fierce determination the Ukrainian people have exhibited.in the face of overwhelming odds. I thought it would be over in a week and now it's been over a month and still they fight on, as their homes are bombed and their children die. Now, after all they've been through, it's unbearable to think that Russia may yet prevail. The whole world waits, watches, hopes.