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Pseudonymous Bosch - Author

About the Author

DISCLAIMER: Usborne books and Pseudonymous Bosch cannot be blamed for the effect of reading his books. You have been warned - there may be consequences!

Many people laugh in the face of danger but not Pseudonymous; his story had to be dragged from him with threats and bribery but now it is here written down. It is up to you whether you have the courage to follow this story of mystery, murder, strange powers and evil foes, although if you do not you may miss out on a BIG secret.

But who is PSEUDONYMOUS BOSCH? Pseudonymous Bosch is a pseudonym, or as he would prefer to call it (because he is very pretentious), a nom de plume. Unfortunately, for reasons he cannot disclose, but which should be obvious to anyone foolhardy enough to read this book, he cannot tell you his real name. He describes himself as impetuous, immature, immodest and immoderate and likes to spend his spare time eating but admits to a deep-seated fear of mayonnaise.

Writing is not his only trade; he is also a spy for a very small country but of this, for your sake and his, we can say no more. Pseudonymous writes in the dark as his words tend to scare him, the subject matter being so terrible. However the dark also scares him so the only thing that gets him through the trauma of writing is chocolate. Pseudonymous is carrying on with his writing for Usborne, despite the danger. This bravery has paid off to some extent as he has recently been nominated for a Juvenile Edgar Award in the United States, although if he wins it is doubtful he could attend in case this jeopardises his cover.

A short interview with mysterious author Pseudonymous Bosch

Q: Why did you choose the name Pseudonymous Bosch?
A: I was looking for something simple and easy to pronounce. I may have missed the mark.
 
Q: Is chocolate really your favourite food?
A: Yes.  Although I think calling it a food is demeaning.
 
Q: What are your favourite books?
A: CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, naturally.  (There are some who say I stole the idea of writing a book about chocolate from Roald Dahl; I prefer to call his book an inspiration.)  Another favourite is THE EGYPTIAN BOOK OF THE DEAD.  I refer to it constantly.

Q: Why do you not like mayonnaise?
A: I nearly drowned in a jar when I was a baby.  In fact, I probably shouldn't be revealing this now, but the sordid tale of my brush with death-by-condiment will appear in my fourth book.

Q: What inspired this series?
A: Hmmm, if I tell you the secret story behind THE SECRET SERIES can we keep it just between us...? Very well.
The truth is, I wrote the first book in the series when I was in elementary school.  Not as a student, I'm afraid, but as a volunteer.  I was part of a program called Writing Partners wherein fourth- and fifth-grade students were partnered with adults outside their school for the purpose of exchanging writing through the mail for "comment and critique."  As peers, writer-to-writer, you understand, rather than as grown up and child.
My writing partner, May, sent me poems, stories, and a terrific cartoon strip she'd drawn about a chocolate bar that was afraid of being eaten.  I didn't have anything to send, so I decided to write her a novel-- but I couldn't think of a title I liked, no matter how hard I tried.  Well, maybe that's because the name of this book is secret, I thought.  Then I asked myself what the book should be about.  The answer was obvious...a secret!  I started by sending a few pages that I wrote under duress minutes before they were due.  But May's reaction (and the reaction of her friends) was so enthusiastic that I was soon sending larger installments, and I kept writing long after my volunteer stint was over. And the rest, as they say, is secret history.
 
Q: Have you written anything else?
A: Lists, mainly.  Shopping lists, laundry lists, that sort of thing.  A few thank-you notes when my mother made me.  Oh, and when I was a kid I wrote a story about a mouse detective and a missing piece of cheese.  Cheese, of course, being my second most favourite food.


Q: Do you plan to write anything else?
A: There is a not-so-secret secret pattern to the Secret Series.  Each book concerns one of the five senses.  Book 1, THE NAME OF THIS BOOK IS SECRET, features a box of scented vials called the Symphony of Smells, and it concerns the sense of smell.  Book 2, IF YOU'RE READING THIS IT'S TOO LATE, features a magical ball of sound called the Sound Prism, and it concerns hearing.  My new book, THIS BOOK IS NOT GOOD FOR YOU, has the Tuning Fork and concerns taste--in particular the taste of chocolate. Book 4 I just finished writing and I don't want to give too much away.  But it's going to be called THIS ISN'T WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE and it concerns the sense of sight obviously. That leaves, you guessed it, touch for Book 5.
 
Q: How did you come up with the characters of Cass and Max-Ernest?
A: Come up with them?  I think you mean to ask, how can I remember them so well? 
 
Thanks for the great questions, but remember, the books are meant to be secret. Please don't repeat a word I've said.  Or if you must, repeat only the most boring ones.  And repeat them over and over until you drive everybody away.

Featured books by Pseudonymous Bosch

Other books by Pseudonymous Bosch

The Unbelievable Oliver and the Sawed-in-Half Dads

The Unbelievable Oliver and the Sawed-in-Half Dads

Author: Pseudonymous Bosch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/05/2020

The Unbelievable Oliver and the Four Jokers

The Unbelievable Oliver and the Four Jokers

Author: Pseudonymous Bosch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/05/2020

The Name of This Book is Secret

The Name of This Book is Secret

Author: Pseudonymous Bosch Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2018

WARNING: DO NOT READ THIS BOOK! Contains two extraordinary adventurers... A missing magicians diary... A symphony of smells... And a deadly secret. But wait, you already know too much! It is too late. Nothing will stop you now. Open the book if you must. But, please, tell no one.

Bad News

Bad News

Author: Pseudonymous Bosch Format: eBook Release Date: 28/03/2017

The can't-miss final installment of beloved author Pseudonymous Bosch's bestselling Bad Books trilogy!At Earth Ranch, Clay encountered a haunted library, a castaway boy, and a fire-breathing dragon--not to mention incredible magic. Now he faces his most dangerous foes yet: the mysterious white-gloved members of the Midnight Sun, whose scheming leads Clay to a dragon reserve. Up against impossible odds, will Clay and his Secret Series Allies be able to triumph over these villains once and for all?Packed with action, humor, magic, mystery, and dragons, Pseudonymous Bosch answers long-simmering questions as he delivers his most exciting adventure yet.

Bad Luck

Bad Luck

Author: Pseudonymous Bosch Format: eBook Release Date: 09/02/2016

The plot thickens in this New York Times-bestselling sequel to Bad Magic!Some people have all the luck.Unfortunately, Clay isn't one of them: He's the only camper at Earth Ranch without a magical talent. As if feeling totally useless isn't enough, Clay has to figure out what to do about Brett, a castaway boy who has just washed ashore and is determined to keep his presence a secret. Even as Clay helps his new friend hide in the remote volcanic island's wilderness, another fiery mystery begins to emerge, with all signs pointing to the impossible idea that dragons once roamed the island...and may still. Can Clay and his friends turn their luck around in time to uncover Price Island's secrets--and save it from a scorching end?Danger, adventure, mischief, mystery, old foes, new friends, and a delightfully elusive narrator make bestselling author Pseudonymous Bosch's latest novel completely irresistible.

Name Of This Book Is Secret

Name Of This Book Is Secret

Author: Pseudonymous Bosch Format: eBook Release Date: 01/11/2015

Bad Magic

Bad Magic

Author: Pseudonymous Bosch Format: eBook Release Date: 16/09/2014

The magical, bestselling series from Pseudonymous Bosch, the author of the Secret Series!Magic is BAD.As in fake. Cheesy. Unreal. At least, that's what Clay, who has seen one magic show too many, thinks.When words from his journal appear mysteriously on his school wall as graffiti, he never imagines that magic might be to blame. And when the same graffiti lands him at Earth Ranch, a camp for "e;troubled"e; kids on a remote volcanic island, magic is the last thing he expects to find there.But at Earth Ranch, there is one strange surprise after another, until Clay no longer knows what to expect. Is he really talking to a llama? Did he really see a ghost? What is the scary secret hidden in the abandoned library? The only thing he knows for sure is that behind the clouds of vog (volcanic smog), nothing is as it seems. Can he solve the riddle of Earth Ranch before trouble erupts?Elusive author Pseudonymous Bosch introduces an extraordinary new series that will have you believing in the unbelievable.

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