Welcome to Clubhouse Chat page. Those of you who are not a member won’t be aware that the location of the Clubhouse is shrouded in mystery. The only way to visit it is via membership or an invite to the tearoom. Every few days, I’ll be sharing a conversation with all sorts of writers and authors at different levels of their writing careers. Over tea and cakes, or maybe a glass of something stronger, I shall be chatting with my guest about their work in progress, or latest book release.

Cafelit is an online magazine which posts a new story every day. To find out more click here CafeLit books are published by Chapel Town Books to find out more about the publisher click here. Today in the tearoom, I’m chatting to Cafelit writer, Dawn Debraal about her entries in The Best of CafeLit 10.

Dawn, what made you write the story you decided to submit to Cafelit? Was it as seasonal call-out .i.e. Christmas, summer holidays, autumn, Halloween etc or just something you needed to get off your chest?

The Summer of 1962 was a result of a call that I had submitted to and they never responded. I loved the story so much I knew I needed to send it elsewhere. So Cafelit was my home of choice.

Did you use a writing prompt for your story? 

The call I submitted to had to be a story about 1962. Later I realized I hadn’t even come close to what they were looking for. I never heard back from the submission, so I went online only to find the magazine was already out and they hadn’t taken my story.

Dawn Debraal

Did you write an outline first, or follow where the characters led you?

I am a pantser. I like to sit down and write.

Usually, I have an ending in mind when I start writing, or at least an idea of where I want the story to go.

How do you create your characters? Do you start with a name first?

Sometimes the name comes first, which develops the personality and sometimes the personality comes first that develops the characters name! That’s the beauty of writing, it’s never the same process for me.

Was your story told in your normal genre or did you try something different?

I am going to say normal. Telling the story of a young romance and how a  misunderstanding leads to lost years of love.

What do you enjoy most about being part of the Cafelit community?

Gill is so supportive of her authors. I send her many stories and they don’t all make it in, but I know she has given them a chance and it just wasn’t the best one for the day.

How long have you been writing and what got you started?
My first story was published Dec 2018. I became a snowbird that year and didn’t know anyone, so I found a call for a Christmas story, and I sent it in on a whim. I was shocked to get an acceptance my first try. From then on, it became an addiction!

What’s the one thing you would give up to become a better writer?

LOL, I wanted to joke and say my husband… I don’t know how to take that question Paula. I would not give up anything to be a better writer. I would take in a lot more to be a better writer!

Thank you for asking me, Paula.

Lovely to have you back again, Dawn.

To find out more about Dawn DeBraal’s writing check out the link below:

Dawn DeBraal’s Amazon Author Page

and don’t forget to check out Dawn and Copper Rose amazing book too. It’s a great read.

If you want to find out more about Clubhouse Members’ Books, don’t forget to check out the Clubhouse Bookshops too.


  1. I really enjoyed this interview, Dawn. It’s always fun to hear from you. Here’s wishing you the best of success with “What the Hell Happened to Joan?” which I’m reading right now and loving! 🙂


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