Laila Doncaster was born Canadian in 1962, and raised in the Province of British Columbia (BC). She is the ninth of eleven siblings, hardworking, raised two children, and now has four grandchildren. She worked primarily in road construction, as a traffic controller from 1981 until 2011. Laila graduated with honors at a technical university in 2004, with a degree in Computer Programming, Software Development, and Systems Analysis. Acquiring the Saint John’s Ambulance First Responder, she continued to work road construction, as well as the oilfields, gas pipelines, and forest fires of AB and BC.
Suffering most of her adult life with anxiety and depression, Laila began writing Cocooning the Butterfly in 2002. Thirty years suffering emotional, physical, spiritual pain, and loneliness, her writing helped her to free her spirit. Transforming notes into story content filled with amazing characters, vibrant plots, metaphors, and teasing riddles, a touch of faith melded with the complexities surrounding the butterfly’s lifecycle. Laila holds nothing back, her heart on her sleeve, tears of joy and heartache spill as she breathes life into her characters.
Laila married Jeff Doncaster in 2013, finally getting it right. They live in Alberta Canada, enjoying their children, and look forward to a life in the country as retirement nears. From 2002 until 2018, Laila Doncaster has delved into an imaginary world to complete her first full-length novel, Cocooning the Butterfly; soon to become a series.
“To love unconditionally, is to live as free,
as a Monarch Butterfly in spring.”
I Am A Survivor
… childhood bullying.
… youth molestation.
… verbal abuse.
… emotional abuse.
… physical abuse.
… spousal abuse.
… believing it was my fault.
Today, I am strong because my life taught me … forgiveness.
I will never forget, but I will not let their poisons burden my soul and spirit with anger, hatred, nor revenge
… because love is the most powerful tool anyone can possess.
“Thou shalt not judge, lest
Ye be judged in like manner.”
“A bold but sensual story of the rapture in the coming together of a powerful man and a woman searching for safety in love. How fun to be a part of the pre-read, and share the insight of a woman’s heart as she finds truth in love, and then blossoms with it. I know this is just the beginning as Halya travels our paths, for this is the reality of all women in wanting a real man. A great read.”
Review by ~ Steel Riata, AB Canada
“I was taken by this fresh, light-hearted romance with a twist, a turn and a touch of modern life melded with life of old. The landscape descriptions, truly give a sense of Canadian terrain, and life in all seasons. A diverse cast of characters with brilliant personalities came together to form and remain solid unity throughout the book. Cocooning the Butterfly is as deep a metaphor as the author’s bravery in exposing her emotions.”
Review by ~ M. Tillotson, BC Canada
"Beautiful first chapter by this fresh. young writer. We'll undoubtedly be hearing more from her and her new writings. Good, visual opening. Reader gets pulled into characters early on, when identification is so necessary, then gets pulled up by the scruff of her neck to learn the protagonist (at least one of them) is the Buffalo. Fascination point of view for the story."
Review by ~ Jay Squires, Author
“Drama, mystery, feuds, sorrow, joy, unconditional love, unconscionable hate and abuse, and healing the heart and soul. Laila Doncaster, you rock; a stellar author. Kept me enthralled the whole darn book! Hurry up and get book 2 done so I can continue with the story. I could not put it down!”
Review on Amazon by ~ Madlyn Doey
"Very quickly I became caught up in the narrative and was trapped irrevocably with this delicious heroine who was orphaned at a very young age and left alone to cope for her self and not surprisingly made bad decisions that really hurt. Then suffering horrible consequences, she takes control of her life. It is an adrenaline pumping experience where I was loudly cheering her on as SHE began to turn her life around. This is the stuff of Gabriel Garcia Marquez where -- carefully crafted and beautifully constructed fiction is irreversibly captivating. This extraordinary and remarkably fabulous narrative has a way of trapping the reader at the edge of his or her seat. To say I could not put the book down is the truth. This is a great experience. I COMPLETELY RECOMMEND THIS FIRST BOOK!"
Review on Amazon by ~ C. Micheal Bennis ~ Tuscan, AZ USA