I was born Canadian in 1962 and raised in the Province of British Columbia (BC). I raised two children and now have four grandchildren. I worked primarily in road construction as a traffic controller & first aid attendant from 1981 until 2011. Acquiring the Saint John’s Ambulance – Industrial First Responder, I continued to work road construction, as well as the oilfields, gas pipelines, and forest fires of AB and BC. I graduated with honors at a technical university in 2004, with a minor degree in Computer Programming, Software Development, and Systems Analysis.
Suffering most of my adult life with anxiety and depression, I began writing “Cocooning the Butterfly” in 2002. Thirty years suffering emotional, physical, spiritual pain, and loneliness, writing helped me to free my spirit. Transforming notes into story content filled with amazing characters, vibrant plots, metaphors, teasing riddles, and a touch of faith melded with the complexities surrounding the butterfly’s lifecycle. I hold nothing back, my heart on my sleeve, tears of joy and heartache spill as I breathe life into my characters.
I married Jeff Doncaster in 2014, finally getting it right. We live in Alberta Canada, enjoying the grandchildren, and look forward to a life in the country as an early retirement nears. From 2002 until 2019, 17 years, I have delved into an imaginary world to complete my first full-length novel. “Cocooning the Butterfly” was originally published October 5, 2017, distributed worldwide, and will soon become a series.
“To love unconditionally, is to live as free,
as The Monarch’s 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.”
Reviewed on Facebook by ~ Steel Riata, AB Canada
“I was taken by this fresh, lighthearted 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.”
Reviewed on Facebook 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."
Reviewed on Facebook 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.CA 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.COM by ~ C. Micheal Bennis ~ Tuscan, AZ USA
“I loved her book … it was funny, sad, maddening, it had every emotion possible … I will be recommending this book to my friends.”