Born in Canada in 1962, Laila Doncaster is the ninth of eleven children. Her father’s career moved the family often; thus, Laila rarely attended the same school more than three consecutive years. As a result, Laila grew up with an independent mind, determination to adapt, and a deep appreciation for the serenity of British Columbia’s countryside.
Suffering most of her adult life with anxiety and depression, in 2002 Laila began to write ‘Cocooning the Butterfly’—a tale of suffering, survival, and learning to overcome – a story of honor and unconditional love. Writing became therapy for her tender heart and emotional spirit while she learned to let go of the burdens that weighed on her. The result is a story filled with amazing characters, vibrant plots, metaphors, teasing riddles, and a touch of Christian faith melded with the complexities surrounding the butterfly’s life-cycle.
Laila met Jeff Doncaster in 2011, and then married him in 2013, finally getting it right. They live in Alberta, Canada where Laila enjoys her two children, four grandchildren, and looks forward to a life in the country as retirement nears. Since 2013, Laila has assisted Jeff in his business, but learned to escape the confines of the office and big city by using her imagination to take her into a world she longs for, a life in the country. ‘Cocooning the Butterfly’ is her first novel.