I really couldn't believe my luck! My mum was right! If I set
my mind to something, I could actually achieve my goal, and
look at me now, sitting backstage at the Paul O'Grady show,
about to go live on air within a few seconds to promote my
book, MY FIRST EVER BOOK, at the young age of 16. I was already
a star in my home country, England, and now I would be
promoting my work all across the world! The feeling is amazing!
'You'll be live in 10 seconds' I heard somebody
Oh my gosh, this is unreal, these things
just don't happen!
'Live, in five, four, three,
two, one, go!'
I walked from behind the stage to where the
audience were, and gave them my biggest smile I could. I
can't believe this!
I felt a hand on mine, and turned around to see
Mr Paul O'Grady himself! 'Nice to see you!' he said to me in his
famous scouse accent. 'Take a seat, take a seat!'
I moved over to the couch and saw his other guests, and an even
greater smile spread across my face.
'Hi!' I said as I shook Kevin's hand, 'Nice to
meet you!' He smiled and returned the phrase back to me, I then
shook Joe's hand and he gave me a kiss on the cheek, it was the
same for Nick too.
'So how are you misses!' Paul asked as I sat
down onto the famous sofa.
'I'm good,' I said, 'Even better than good,
fantastic! Everything's just in a blur at the moment; I can't
believe all of this is happening to me! I mean, I'm on your show!
I've always watched your show every single night when I come in
from school, and now I'm on it, I can't believe it!' I said my
voice sounding very excited. Paul laughed.
'You've answered my first question then!' He
laughed again, 'It must be very weird for you, just coming into
the spotlight at such a young age, I know these boys have managed
to do it, but they've had time to adjust to fame, you haven't,
it's just kind of been thrown at you.'
'I wouldn't exactly call me famous,' I said
with an anxious expression, 'but it is crazy the life I have now,
I'm used to sitting down doing absolutely nothing, and now I'm
out most nights of the week doing book signings around the
country, I haven't done as much travelling in my whole life! It's
'Yeah, I know what you mean. So how did you get
the idea for this book?'
'Well I was just laid out on my bed one day
thinking about the things that had happened in my life, what I
wanted to do with my life, my feelings on everything, and because
some of the things that I was thinking were so dramatic, I knew I
had enough to write story, and then that's how I got my idea for
'I wish I could be like you, you know!' Paul
said, 'Being able to put pen to paper and knowing what to write,
and creating something fabulous as an end product.'
I blushed. 'Thank you.'
'Can I just say something?' Nick asked.
'Sure.' Paul said.
'I was just wanting to ask what you would say
to people who would like to write a book and get it published,
what tips would you give them?'
'I would say to never give up and to keep
trying. Just because you've given up on one story doesn't mean
that you are rubbish, it just means that you haven't found your
genre of a story yet. Also not to rush a story, it will be much,
much better with time, and if you get writers block, don't worry
about it, take time out and enjoy yourself, go out with your
friends, go and visit places, it's in the most normal and unusual
situations that you get your ideas from. For example I've just
been sitting in the car looking out the window the scenery helps
me find the setting, and from there, a story begins.' I
'Great!' he said back with a smile, 'By the way
I've been reading the book back stage, and I think it's awesome!
It's really funny!'
'Oh… just before I forget, Sophie, I have a
present for you given by Joyce.' Paul bent backwards and picked
up a tiny box and gave it to me. I laughed.
'Thanks!' I smiled.
'She knows what you're like for falling over,
apparently you've tripped so many times today!'
I laughed again, 'Yep! I am an accident
'I've heard that you've broke your arm so many
times that your hospital record is nearly full!'
'Yep! It's true! I even broke both arms at the
same time once!'
'You're even worse than Joe!' Kevin
I laughed, 'Maybe we can be breaking
'Totally!' Joe said with a laugh.
'Well I hope you both look after yourselves and
don't poke anybody's eyes out as we'll be playing darts later
with the under thirteen national champion! How about that
everybody!' The audience cheered. 'And also we'll be reviewing
the films out this season, don't go anywhere, see ya after the
'And stop!' said the production manager.
I relaxed, I hadn't realised I was sitting with
my back fully straight, I normally slouch!
'So your birthday is 17th September
then?' Nick asked. I had the full attention of all the Jonas
'Yes it is.'
'Mine's 16th September.' Nick said.
'How weird is that?'
'Erm… not that weird.' I said. 'Although,' my
voice came a bit higher, 'it is unfair that you're older than me,
by a day! I wish that I was the older one and then it would make
me feel that I had more authority over you!' I said my mouth
becoming a small smile. He laughed.
'Well, sorry about that, I'll have to tell my
parents off!' He laughed.
'You do that!'
'So which part of England do you come from?'
'North East in small town near Newcastle.' I
replied. 'Newcastle is fab, but my town isn't!'
'Not really trying to sell your town is it?' He
'Nope! I'm not! Trust me you don't want to come
to my town! Yes, it has decent enough shops, and there is a
cinema, but other than that there is not much else to do, and the
place is full of either chavs or emos, I prefer the emos. The
chavs think their hard, and go around making sheep noises!' I was
saying this in a serious tone, but they couldn't help
'Sheep noises?' Joe said in between a
'Yes, sheep noises, I'll demonstrate. They go,
Meh!!!!' They laughed.
'It's not funny! It's blooming ridiculous!' I
'Sorry.' Nick paused for breath, 'I can't help
it.' Cough, cough, cough.
'Ok, calm down love! Don't die on me please.'
They all took a few seconds to calm down.
'So do you like our music then?' Joe
'Honestly, no.' I said keeping a straight face.
There faces dropped.
I laughed, 'I'm kidding! I love your music! I
listen to it day and night! I live your music!' I smiled. Their
'Good!' said Kevin, 'for a second I thought I
might have to kill you!' I tried to refrain from laughing as an
image popped into my head from a site that I saw that somebody
said they had dreamt about Kevin turning into an alien. Alien and
killing go together in my head!
'Ok, guys, get ready in five, four, three, two,
and one!' The Paul O'Grady introduction music played as we got
back into our positions.
'Hello, and welcome back everyone, I'm joined
here by the lovely Sophie who's the newest writing sensation of
this century!' I smiled and waved into the camera, 'and I'm also
joined by,' he stopped and sighed, 'here we go… The Jonas
Brothers!!!!' all the females in the audience gave them a huge
cheer. They smiled and waved. 'Alright! Alright!' Paul got up
from his chair, 'I'm gonna have to send you all out in a minute
if you don't stop it! I'm not having any bad behaviour here! Lets
be havin' ya!' Both the Jonas Brothers and I laughed. The
cheering died down.
'Now it's time for our guests and I to review
the latest movie releases. We'll be reviewing Twilight, The
Illusionist, and Camp Rock!' A huge cheer soared through the
studio at the mention of this last movie.
'You'll be a little bit bias' I whispered to
the Jonas Brothers. They giggled.
'So Twilight, which one of you is going to tell
me what it's about?' Paul asked.
'I think it would have to be Sophie,' Kevin
offered, 'I heard her talking about it backstage, she's a total
lunatic with it!' I punched him playfully in the arm.
'Well it's about a 17 year old girl called
Bella, who moves to a town called Forkes, where she meets the
Cullen family and Edward, a mysterious young boy who ends up
saving her life from an out of control car. She becomes obsessed
by his good looks and ends up wondering what he is hiding. She
later learns that he is a vampire, a vampire who is different to
all the other vampires, he's a good vampire. The film is really
romantic, as you get gripped by this romance that is so forbidden
it is quite seductive in a way, it makes most young girls dream
of falling in love with Edward! If you think it's going to be a
soppy love story, it is, however, it still has a lot of action in
it as some evil vampires smell Bella's blood, and Edward has to
try and make her safe again. It's a really brilliant movie! In my
opinion!' I finished my explanation, 'was that a good
explanation?' I asked.
'Yes, very good!' Paul said. 'How many stars
would you give it out five?'
'Five out of five! But I am a bit bias; I'm a
huge fan of the book!'
'Boys, how many stars would you give it?' Paul
'Three,' Nick said, 'It was to 'soppy' as she
would say' meaning me, 'for my liking!'
'Three, for the same reason as Nick.'
'Four, I liked the action, and I don't mind a
little romance.' Aw… bless!
For the Illusionist I gave four out of five
starts, the boys gave the same score.
'And finally, Camp Rock! Now who's going to
explain what it's about?'
'Well considering Kevin put me forward for
Twilight, I'll give him the honour of explaining Camp Rock!' I
said with an innocent smile.
'Fine! Camp Rock is basically about finding
yourself and who you really are, and it's done through a great
storyline and amazing songs!'
'I would give it five out five,' I said, 'It
wasn't as cheesy as High School Musical, which is great! And the
songs were amazing, and plus it has three cute guys in it!' I
said smiling innocently at the Jonas Brothers. I heard the
audience do that thing when you mention to someone you have a
crush on them and they do that thing that sounds like 'Ooo-uh!'
or something like that, anyway.
'Aw… thanks Sophie!' Joe said with a
'Your welcome.' I winked back!
'Now! Now! I'm not a dating agency!' Paul said.
'Ok, so now it's time for the final part of the show, we're going
to have a game of darts with the under 13 champion! Let's hear it
for David Walker!' The music sounded as a little boy of 10 years
old came out with his darts instructor. Paul got up to greet him
and me and the boys followed.
'Hello!' Paul said to David, 'How long have you
been playing darts for?'
'Three years,' David said in his adorable
'Three years! That's a very long time!' Paul
said, 'So do you fancy a game with Sophie and the Jonas Brothers
and beat them!' David nodded his head. 'It's the best of two, the
highest score wins, ok, you go first David.'
David threw his three darts and got a totally
score of eighty.
I moved forward, 'Oh, I would never be able to
get that!' I said David. I threw my first dart and it landed off
the board, 'Oh dear, I said.' I threw my second dart and it
landed on five. Better. I threw my final dart and it
landed on one. My total mark was six, how dismal!
The Jonas Brothers did better, not as well as
David. Nick got a total of twenty, Joe got a total of sixteen and
Kevin got a total of twenty-four. The next round a got nothing.
Zero, Nada. Kevin got ten, Nick got fourteen, and Joe got five.
David won by getting sixty. We congratulated him and gave him a
trophy before ending the show.
Backstage I got changed back into my normal
clothes consisting of skinny jeans, a pink t-shirt and a
fantastic hoodie that reminded me of Mika for some reason. It had
rainbows and doves and the sun and other bright things on it, it
was my best hoodie. I also put on my fab new boots!
I opened the door to get out of the dressing
room, but was surprised to see Joe standing there as soon as I
'Hi,' I said.
'Hi,' he said back, 'I was just wondering if
you were doing anything today.'
'Erm…not that I can think of apart from going
to see a show later tonight.' I replied.
'Oh, ok. How do you fancy hanging around with
us to day, to go sightseeing together?' He was a nervous, which
surprised me considering he was a global phenomena, shouldn't I
have been more nervous then him?
'That will be great, my mum and dad won't
mind.' I said smiling, as I just saw my mum and dad out of the
corner of my eye, my mum gave me the thumbs up, and signalled
seven, and pointed to the hotel card. 'As long as I'm back at the
hotel by seven,' I smiled.
'Yeah, that's great.' He said, and with that, I
walked off with him back to his dressing room to meet up with the