Writing outside your comfort zone

by Vannah Leblank
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Hello from Quebec!

Getting to be part of Lawless has been an incredible journey. I can still remember opening my DMs one day and finding a message from Alli inviting me to apply for the project and how excited I was about it. This whole anthology seemed almost too perfect to be true; not only did the concept promise to make people think, but it was set to do so in the most epic, thrilling manner.

To give a bit of context, I am not typically a sci-fi writer. You’ll mostly find me writing either poetry or fantasy, describing places and worlds that could never exist save in the readers’ minds. Joining Lawless was definitely outside of my comfort zone, but I’m so glad I did! I loved researching the settings, finding a way to tell Jael’s story from a new angle, and fully committing to this new point of view.

It wasn’t easy to write my story from the antagonist’s perspective, but it provided a whole new way to connect with the narrative. Since the anthology is about how everyone did what was right in their own eyes, I tried to lean into this and showcase how it can be so easy to drift away from the truth without even realizing it. Seneca thought he did the right thing, that he was on the ‘’good’’ side—and so can we, so easily, despite, in fact, being lost.

However, the rewarding challenge of a new project is not the only reason it has been so good to be part of Lawless. Through all the steps of taking this anthology from an idea to an actual book (shoutout to Alli!), us participating authors have gotten to connect over this mission. And let me tell you, those people have been an incredible blessing. Not only do their words take you into a reality where shifting sands meet intriguing technology, but they write for a purpose greater than themselves.

I couldn’t pick a favorite out of all those stories, but some things definitely stood out to me. Thirzah’s worldbuilding was, as usual, flawless. It propelled the reader into a foreign yet very believable village, where you wanted to root for the characters. Megan weaved words into a story that I could not put down. The ending of Elijah’s story will give you the shivers. I could go on, but I’ll let you discover those gems in your reading!

So, once again, thanks to all of you…and happy reading!


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Released January 18, 2024, Lawless quickly became a #1 bestselling book on Amazon. Join the community of readers ready for a new era of Christian fiction. Grab your copy today, read it, and leave an honest review.

Produced by The CompanyLawless features 14 short stories inspired by the biblical book of Judges, each written by an emerging Christian author.

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Vannah Leblank

Vannah Leblank grew up traveling across North and Central America and used to hate writing. But, somehow, by the end of sixth grade she was writing her first novella and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She is currently majoring in Psychology, working on literary projects, and seeking to praise God through every aspect of her life. Follow her on Instagram @vannah_leblank_author

Vannah Leblank

Vannah Leblank grew up traveling across North and Central America and used to hate writing. But, somehow, by the end of sixth grade she was writing her first novella and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She is currently majoring in Psychology, working on literary projects, and seeking to praise God through every aspect of her life. Follow her on Instagram @vannah_leblank_author

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