Written in English by an established author of Acadian descent, Blood Brothers in Louisbourg is the fictional account of two brothers who are unaware of each other’s existence – one from France, the other a Mi’kmaq – both the sons of an officer in the French artillery. One mother is a wife home in France, the other a Mi’kmaw woman who lived near Louisbourg, the French fortress on Île Royale. In the novel, both brothers come to Louisbourg in 1744 – one brother trying to identify his father, the other simply to survive the harsh conditions of a year in the Fortress in preparation for war.
Philip Roy was born and raised in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. He studied music with Sister Rodriquez Steele and Professor James Hargreaves, and aspired to a career as a pianist. After graduating from high school, he left Antigonish to work and travel. As a young man, he returned to the study of piano with Oriole Aitchison in Halifax, where he also began composing music. After getting married, Philip moved to Ontario and devoted his time to raising his children, later returning to school and degrees in history at University of Waterloo and at McMaster University. Master’s degrees in hand, he moved to the island of Saipan in Micronesia, where he taught English and History in a high school for two years. Following that, he returned to Canada and settled for a time in Ontario, teaching piano. The lure of his home province eventually brought Philip back to Nova Scotia, where he began writing young adult novels and stories for children. In 2008, his first novel, Submarine Outlaw, was published by Ronsdale Press of Vancouver. The fifth book in the series, Outlaw in India, will be released at the same time as Blood Brothers in Louisbourg. Philip currently lives in Halifax, where he continues to write novels and compose music.