You know those author bios on book jackets, web sites, and blogs? The kind that roll so easily off the tongue and go something like this:
Author X lives in [Insert cool city, state, country, here] with her husband, three adorable children, two cats, one dog and [Insert exotic pet here].
Well, I'm cursed. Mostly because I'm allergic to anything with fur or feathers. I don't have the cat or dog or even the kids. So I'm going for the exotic pet.
When you consider that the first thing I ever wanted to be when I was a kid was a veterinarian, it's a cruel twist of fate. Most authors have the standard dogs and cats but now, it seems from reading so many author bios, that there is an unwritten cool author rule afoot that we must also have an exotic pet of some sort. I've seen author bios with eels, owls, monkeys, ferrets and even a scorpion. Um, side note: Who wants to play Frisbee with a scorpion?!
So, help me, please. I need an exotic pet--preferably one that won't make me sneeze. With a cool name. Any suggestions?