Laila Doncaster was born Canadian in 1962, and raised in the Province of British Columbia (BC). Laila is Christian, the ninth of eleven children, hardworking, raised two children, and now has four grandchildren. Her father’s career moved them often, thus, she rarely attended the same school more than three consecutive years. As a result, she grew up with an independent mind, determination to adapt, and gained a deep appreciation for the serenity of BC’s countryside.
Laila was a divorced single mother in 1980. Finding work at many low paying jobs, she developed skills to succeed in life. She enjoys the outdoors, and worked periodically as a traffic controller from 1981 until 2011. Determined to better her life, she cultivated cooking skills at a logging camp from 1983 to 1987. Laila moved to Alberta (AB) in 1987 where she married a second time, and then blessed with a second child, born in 1989. Laila achieved the GED and a certificate in bookkeeping in 1993, and then graduated with honors through a distance education technical university in 2004, with a minor degree in computer programming, software development, and systems analysis. Divorced in 2006, she acquired a chauffeur’s license to later move up to dispatcher. She attended Saint John’s Ambulance, Occupational First Responder Level 3, in 2007 and then worked in the oilfields, gas pipelines, and forest fires of AB and BC. During the winter of 2009, she achieved the BC Driver’s License Class 1 with Air Brakes Endorsement, allotting her the opportunity to drive transport trucks but chose to drive a city tour bus until 2011.
Suffering most of her adult life with anxiety and depression, Laila began writing Cocooning the Butterfly in 2002, a tale of suffering, survival, and learning to overcome; a story of honor and unconditional love. Thirty years languishing with emotional, physical, spiritual pain, and loneliness, she learned that letting go of the burdens hindering her spirit was the only way to live free. Transforming notes into story content filled with amazing characters, vibrant plots, metaphors, and teasing riddles, a touch of Christian faith melded with the complexities surrounding the butterfly’s lifecycle, Laila now lives as free as a Monarch Butterfly in spring. She holds nothing back, her heart on her sleeve, tears of joy and heartache spill as she breathes life into the characters of her book. Cocooning the Butterfly is a fictional story of love, family, unity, truth, honor, and faith.
Laila met Jeff Doncaster in 2011, and then married him in 2013, finally getting it right. She lives in Alberta Canada with her husband, enjoying her children, and looks forward to a life in the country as retirement nears. Since 2011, 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. From 2002 until 2017, 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