471: Ashley Boolell Explores The Dark Net In His Novel ‘Killed In’
Have you ever had an idea ever pop into your head that you think would make a great book or TV series? Did you quickly write down your concept or did you simply forget about it? Ashley Boolell went a step further and used technology to turn his idea into a novel.
I wanted to find out more about his book and what could potentially happen when you combine the dark net and LinkedIn. But more than anything, I wanted to find out more about his creative process and how he was able to write, publish and market his own novel ‘Killed In’ using the latest technology and online solutions.
About the book
‘Killed In’ is a thriller that was inspired from the Dark Web and LinkedIn, one of the biggest social media platforms present on the world wide web. The main character of the story is a frustrated and alienated barista called Chris Kord. His failure to succeed in conventional society leads him to the Dark Web, where he seeks the recognition that he desperately craves.
Chris creates an underground online platform, called Oblivion, designed solely for criminals. His project is a success but he fails to understand the forces that he is dealing with. Angered by an unruly customer at his coffee shop, he unleashes one of the most dangerous criminal gangs of the platform against the offender, believing that this will not go beyond intimidation. Unfortunately for Chris Kord, it ends up as a horrific murder.
Unable to cope, he tries to run away from the world that he has created. But Oblivion has other ideas and won’t let him escape.
By day, Ashley Boolell is a commodity salesman specializing on base and precious metals with a diverse European corporate client portfolio. But I am fascinated by how outside of his day job, he is publishing his own novels in two different languages and hope that is story inspires others to bring their ideas to life.