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.
I have mentioned how the current covers for my books in the Power Rising trilogy, although splendid at an earlier time, are no longer quite right today. We’ve also had a look at a cover design that, although wonderful, I will not be using for the refresh cover for book one of the series, Power of Three. I was looking at some of my pictures from Bali and Jakarta the other day, such as this one on the opposite page from the shores of Bali, and I was struck by the number of statues, some ancient and worn, others brand new, that I found everywhere on that trip. There are few statues to be found where I am in Costa Rica, although I did show you the marvelous and mysterious nearly perfectly smooth and round rocks created by an ancient people here. These topics are all about image—and the power of imagery. Imagery is at the very heart of what authors do and why I love writing so much. My hope is that I might succeed in evoking powerful images by merely stringing otherwise ordinary words together and this hope helps define who I am.