The Big Event by Anne John-Ligali **Weekend Blitz Review**
Welcome to the Weekend Blitz to celebrate Anne John-Ligali's The Big Event, organised by Neverland Tours. This is Part One of the Friendship Online Short Story Series.
Anne has always loved stories and read many books as a child, including the entire Sweet Valley High and Caitlyn series. Her interest in writing fiction came years later, when she began writing for pleasure in 2007. Since then, Anne has been writing on and off and enjoys participating in writing groups. Twice in 2014, she won the monthly Novelicious Pintrest Prompt Fiction Competition.
Constance Jeffries is excited when she gets the chance to meet up with virtual friends at a get-together in a London hotel. She’s been tweeting and messaging her lovely friends for years and feels they must be just as excited to finally meet her in person too. Or so she hopes.
A short story about the importance of ‘real’ friendships and how it’s the little things that matter the most.
As Part One in an Online Short Story series, this fits the bill. Written in a conversational style, it nevertheless deals with some serious and contemporary issues as the nature of friendship is examined in a world dominated, for some, by social media. Just what is a friend, in this virtual world? You feel you get to know Constance quickly, as she realises the effect she may have had on certain virtual friends.
The party is a great vehicle to introduce a variety of individuals, some of whom seem to lack self-awareness. Within such a short story, there are some pithy observations on people's motives and behaviours. I enjoyed it very much and look forward with interest as to where Part Two may lead us.
About the Author
Anne John-Ligali is a writer and the founder of Books and Authors UK, a popular website featuring author interviews and book reviews. She loves all things books: reading, writing, going to book events, and meeting other book lovers. She has written a series of short stories and is currently writing her first novel.
When Anne is not writing, she is likely to be at soft play with her kids, taking long evening walks in Hyde Park, making green smoothies, window shopping, or having a pampering session at her local beauty salon (whenever she gets the chance). She can also be found watching box sets (albeit with a bit of shame at still having to catch up on Scandal, Grey’s, and Downton).
Originally from Peterborough, Anne now lives in London. After moving to London, she studied graphic design at the University of Arts and has held a number IT administration jobs in the city. Anne continues writing and aspires to write more women’s fiction books, a non-fiction book and several children’s books.
Thanks to Anne John-Ligali and Jenny of Neverland Blog Tours for a copy of the book and a place on the weekend blitz.