A Bat Named Vera Is Flying Around Australia for Halloween!

About four months ago, I mentioned that I’ve sponsored a bat at the Australian Bat Clinic & Wildlife Trauma Centre. I named it Vera in honor of my favorite ghost hunter, Vera Van Slyke, who is spotlighted in my Help for the Haunted: A Decade of Vera Van Slyke Ghostly Mysteries.

It turns out that Vera has been released! Yes, she — or possibly he — is out and about, flitting and swooping across the darkening skies of Australia. And I’ve been reassigned a new bat, one that’s already been named Hele. Let me introduce you…untitled-1

Any writer knows that I’m now obligated to invent a character that mirrors this description. Oh, I’ll probably make Hele a bit more human. But otherwise, I think her story is one worth exploring (if a tad Dickensian). Every writer should have a bat, and you can sponsor yours at the Australian Bat Clinic & Wildlife Trauma Centre.

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