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Leonard William Donaldson





There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed..

Ernest Hemingway

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I n his time as computer science teacher, Leo Donaldson studied 3D animation after hours. Little did he know that this newly found passion, combined with his love for writing, would, in fact, change the course of his life, forever. Whilst visiting a small town harbour one day he saw a tiny tugboat that someone had built, it was barely large enough for one person to be on board, and that person was captain and crew. Leo immediately found the inspiration for a character and story and from that; the Toby books were born.

Today, Leo lives in Cape Town South Africa along with the love of his life Janine. He says that he will probably write until the day he no longer can think of new stories or has breath in his lungs, whichever comes first. His love for his children, the sea and boats scenes are the inspiration for the books he has written and continues to write. All of the books contain messages with good basic morals such as helping one another, putting others needs ahead of yours, listening to advice from your elders and being honest. He has a strong conviction that – and to quote him, “The written word can have life-changing consequences when emanating from the pen of a ready writer.”
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“The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists”…

Charles Dickens

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F or more than a decade now I have been a writer. I have written 5 books and have had them all successfully published. Throughout the years I was so caught up in my thoughts and story ideas that the very thing that seemed to be the most obvious for me to do was totally absent from my mind. I finally realized that I should probably get myself a website, rather than be making them for other people as I have been doing… So… here it is
When deciding what the site will be about I thought that it would be great if I make it not only a website about my books, but a site that contains the fun parts of my whole life.
Some examples are that along with the obvious writing section I will be talking on a regular basis about traveling, will be reviewing various other Authors’ books.

Janine and I love going to the movies, so I will naturally be giving my reviews of not only new movies but old ones too.
We love a great many things much as, well I suppose most people. For that reason, I would like this site to be a little something for everyone. If I stumble across a mouthwatering recipe for smoked Chicken or Cured meats (something that I love doing) then I want to share them with you on here.
All in all, I want your visit here to be fun and most of all, I always want to remain unpredictable, so you never know what you will find when you come back.
If you are up for it then join our site where you will get regular updates about what the site has to offer direct in your inbox.
Thank you and enjoy the site.

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Leonard William Donaldson



There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed..

Ernest Hemingway

Leo's Bio

I n his time as computer science teacher, Leo Donaldson studied 3D animation after hours. Little did he know that this newly found passion, combined with his love for writing, would, in fact, change the course of his life, forever. Whilst visiting a small town harbour one day he saw a tiny tugboat that someone had built, it was barely large enough for one person to be on board, and that person was captain and crew. Leo immediately found the inspiration for a character and story and from that; the Toby books were born.

Today, Leo lives in Cape Town South Africa along with the love of his life Janine. He says that he will probably write until the day he no longer can think of new stories or has breath in his lungs, whichever comes first. His love for his children, the sea and boats scenes are the inspiration for the books he has written and continues to write. All of the books contain messages with good basic morals such as helping one another, putting others needs ahead of yours, listening to advice from your elders and being honest. He has a strong conviction that - and to quote him, “The written word can have life-changing consequences when emanating from the pen of a ready writer.” .



"The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists"...

Charles Dickens

About This Site

F or more than a decade now I have been a writer. I have written 5 books and have had them all successfully published. Throughout the years I was so caught up in my thoughts and story ideas that the very thing that seemed to be the most obvious for me to do was totally absent from my mind. I finally realized that I should probably get myself a website, rather than be making them for other people as I have been doing… So… here it is When deciding what the site will be about I thought that it would be great if I make it not only a website about my books, but a site that contains the fun parts of my whole life. Some examples are that along with the obvious writing section I will be talking on a regular basis about traveling, will be reviewing various other Authors’ books.

Janine and I love going to the movies, so I will naturally be giving my reviews of not only new movies but old ones too. We love a great many things much as, well I suppose most people. For that reason, I would like this site to be a little something for everyone. If I stumble across a mouthwatering recipe for smoked Chicken or Cured meats (something that I love doing) then I want to share them with you on here. All in all, I want your visit here to be fun and most of all, I always want to remain unpredictable, so you never know what you will find when you come back. If you are up for it then join our site where you will get regular updates about what the site has to offer direct in your inbox. Thank you and enjoy the site.