Just One of the Royals by Leah and Kate Rooper
Star hockey player Daniel Sacachelli wants only two things: 1) for the Falcons
to win next season, and 2) for his secret — the fact he’s actually the prince of Eldonia — to never make its way to Chicago. But if Daniel keeps avoiding his crown, their family will lose their kingdom forever.
Madison Myong can’t believe that her will-they-or-won’t-they best friend Daniel is really a prince! He’s always seemed more rebel than royal. But now, he needs to clean up his image, fast. Posing as his long-time girlfriend, Madison accompanies him back to Eldonia, intending to give Daniel a makeover fit for a king.
Only, the more royal Daniel becomes, the more Madison misses her best friend. And if she does her job right, she’ll lose him forever…
- What is your writing process? Do you aim for a word count daily or maybe just a scene?
We always start by drafting the whole project out scene by scene. Our books usually have multiple POVs, so usually we’ll each choose a character to write. From there, our writing process changes depending on what project we’re working on. When we’re working on a book for a deadline, like JUST ONE OF THE ROYALS, we aim for a certain word count each day (usually around 2000 words). When we’re working on a project for ourselves, we usually divvy it up by scene instead!
- What sort of research did you do for this book?
We had to do a lot of research on small European countries and monarchies to understand how the line of succession often works. We wanted Eldonia to feel authentic, so we looked up European architecture, climate, and agriculture. For the hockey portion, we didn’t need to do too much research! Thankfully we’ve been life-long hockey fans, so most of the rules and terms were already ingrained in our brains. We did have to research how junior hockey leagues work though!
- What are you working on now? Any chance of a sequel?
Yes! There will be a third book in the Chicago Falcons series, coming out November 2018! This book will focus on Daniel’s little sister Eva and one of Daniel’s teammates. This will also be the last season that the whole gang — Alice, Hayden, Daniel, and Tyler — are playing hockey together, so readers will get a peek into what their futures beyond the Falcons look like ☺
- How did you come up for the idea of your book?
We came up with the idea for the first book in the series, JUST ONE OF THE BOYS, from playing NHL games on our PlayStation as kids. There was always a Create-A-Player mode, and we always wished we could make female players! We always made one player named Alex and pretended she was a girl disguised as a boy so she could play on the team. As we played the video game, we would make up stories about her, especially ones about her falling for the star of the team, Ryan. As we got older, we decided we wanted to write their crazy story! Alex and Ryan turned into Alice and Hayden. When it came time to write the next book in the series, JUST ONE OF THE ROYALS, we knew we needed to do something big to top the whole disguised-as-a-boy thing! With the Royal Wedding just around the corner, we were inspired by the drama of ball rooms and royalty. And what is more dramatic than a secret prince?
- Just for fun — what TV shows or movies have you really enjoyed (or disliked?) recently?
We absolutely loved The Greatest Showman and have been listening to the soundtrack non-stop! We also have always loved the Marvel movies and really enjoyed both Black Panther and Infinity Wars. For television, we’re giant Disney fans so we’re finally watching Tangled: The Series, which is amazing!
About the Authors
Leah and Kate Rooper are sisters from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Growing up beside the Pacific Ocean and inside a temperate rainforest fed their sense of adventure as children, and nourished a curiosity for strange and distant lands. They fed this curiosity with books – lots and lots of books. After experiencing the magic of Middle-earth, they began creating their own worlds. When they’re not writing, Leah and Kate spend their time blogging and vlogging about their travel adventures and their writing journey.