“Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all. ” (Oscar Wilde)
Steven W. Palmer is the pen name of Iain Donnelly, a Scottish expat currently living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
He relocated to Asia in 2012 after visiting the region for many years. In his working life he has worked as a social worker and counsellor in the drugs field, as a social worker and probation officer in criminal justice, a DJ and promoter, a sales and marketing manager, and as the editor of an arts and entertainments magazine in Cambodia, working with a highly skilled team of writers that included the authors Phil Coggan, Wayne McCallum and Kevin S. Cummings. He now currently works as Managing Editor for three magazines published in Cambodia.
His first novel, ‘Electric Irn Bru Acid Test’ was a coming of age story, very loosely based on his own life, and part of a planned trilogy, ‘The Glas Vegas Chronicles.’ His second novel, ‘Angkor Away’ moved into his favourite genre; crime, and has been hailed as part of the Asian noir movement that till recently has been centred on Thailand.
He has also published two shorter works; ‘Turning the Tables; A Love Story For the Chemical Generation’ – an alternative love story novella set during the heady days of the 1990s Glasgow rave scene, and ‘In My Sights’ – a short political thriller and launchpad for the character of Danny Cleland in the future ‘Moral Assassin’ series.
He recently released the follow up to ‘Angkor Away’; ‘Angkor Tears’, which reprised the character of Chamreun in a hard hitting tale of child trafficking in Cambodia. He is currently working on the last of the Angkor series, ‘Angkor Cloth, Angkor Gold’, which will be the final book to have Chamreun as the main character.
In August 2016 he launched Saraswati Publishing, a boutique publishing house based in Phnom Penh that aims to publish the work of expat writers in the region and to give a platform for emerging Khmer literary talent.
In his spare time, Steven enjoys making quirky music tunes, reading other noir novelists and training hamsters.
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