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Dale E. Basye


Dale E. Basye

The idea for HECK: WHERE THE BAD KIDS GO came to me where most of my ideas come from: that area just behind the eyes and somewhere, approximately, between the ears. Of course, every story needs what is commonly referred to as a protagonist. That is, a hero, or-at the very least-someone whom the reader can relate to in some way while serving as a guide through a host of unpleasant, fantastical circumstances. Often, the protagonist mirrors the author, not for any significant reason other than it's much easier for the author (fewer things to make up) while giving him/her the perfect excuse to write about himself/herself. Ever the overachiever, I decided to have two protagonists-hardly a "novel" idea-but it allowed me to write through my dual selves-the ever cautious, perpetually in-his-head Milton, and the tart, impulse-control-challenged Marlo.

Preadolescence can feel like an eternity when you're in it, but you actually get through it fairly unscathed, though your body and voice may soon be rendered unrecognizable. This complete freakishness is normal. So let laughter and perseverance be your best and most trusted bodyguards, providing loyal service without even demanding your lunch money in return.

Dale E. Basye

Books by Dale E. Basye

Written by Dale E. Basye with illustrations by Bob Dob - Youth Fiction

Dale E. Basye sends Milton and Marlo Fauster to Wise Acres, the circle reserved for kids who sass back, for their latest hilarious escapade in Heck. In Wise Acres, the cleverest, snarkiest, put-downiest kids debate and trade insults in Spite Club. But the new vice principal, Lewis Carroll, has some curious plans to raise the profile—and the stakes—of the competition.

by Dale E. Basye - Fantasy, Fiction

Bea "Elsa" Bubb, the Principal of Darkness sends Milton and Marlo Fauster to Precocia, the circle of Heck for smartypants kids who grow up too fast. Soon, the Fausters realize that Precocia's vice principals Napoleon and Cleopatra want more than to hasten adulthood --- they seem to want to eliminate childhood altogether. Can Milton and Marlo figure out their plan in time to stop it?

by Dale E. Basye - Adventure, Fiction, Humor

Milton and Marlo are sent to Snivel, the circle of Heck reserved for crybabies, a dismal camp where it’s always raining, and Unhappy Campers are besieged by swarms of strange mosquitoes that suck the color right out of them. After Marlo gets chosen for a special project and never comes back, Milton makes up his mind to find her and all the other children who have gone missing.

by Dale E. Basye

When Marlo Fauster claims she has switched souls with her brother, she gets sent straight to Fibble, the circle of Heck reserved for liars. But it's true --- Milton and Marlo have switched places, and Marlo finds herself trapped in Milton's gross, gangly body.