Steven W. Palmer is the pen name of Scottish expat, Iain Donnelly, who has been living in Cambodia for 4 years.
He started writing as a freelancer for the Phnom Penh arts and entertainment magazine, The Advisor. Shortly after The Advisor folded he was headhunted as writer and assistant editor for The Weekly, part of The Khmer Times. But within a few weeks his friend and editor had walked out and he was thrust into the position of editor and chief writer. With no support from the publisher he soldiered on but the clock was always ticking and he left at the end of 2015.
After a couple of months' hiatus, he was offered the post of managing editor with an international advertising and publications agency, and took the reins of three magazines; European Auto Asia, Travel and Tourism Guide Cambodia, and Banking & Finance Cambodia.
He set up Saraswati Publishing Cambodia towards the end of 2016 with the purpose of not only publishing his own books, but also books by other expats in the country and, more importantly, discovering new Cambodian writers and giving them a publishing platform.
As Iain, he has just edited a collection of short stories, Mekong Shadows, which is already receiving great acclaim. As well as established expat and Cambodian writers, the book also features two competition winners, aged 15 and 18.
As well as writing, Steven is a keen DJ and music producer who writes weird and quirky electronic music.
In what little spare time he has, Steven likes to work on a plan to resurrect Genghis Khan and also trains stunt hamsters.
Turning the Tables - A Love Story for the Chemical Generation
Set in the vibrant clubbing and party scene of mid 90's Glasgow, Turning the Tables follows the adventures of John, a techno lothario who matches his dates to that weekend's outfit of choice.
John has one major fantasy woman, and when a scene from his favourite music video seems to recreate itself in reality, John finally thinks he may have fallen in love.
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The Electric Irn-Bru Acid Test (The Glas Vegas Chronicles Book 1)
Imagine 'Stand by Me' meets 'Trainspotting'. That's just what 'The Electric Irn-Bru Acid Test' manages to achieve in this first volume of Graham's adventures and misadventures growing up in the West of Scotland. Covering the period from 1978 to 1983, join Graham as he battles against rampaging hormones, totalitarian parents and school teachers who would not have been out of place in SS uniforms. The struggles he goes through are ones we can all identify with from some angle and, regardless of your upbringing, there will be resonant points for everyone.
In My Sights; A Political Thriller (The Danny Cleland Adventures Book 1)
Danny Cleland has just returned from Afghanistan. Army life is behind him now after 22 years in the Paras and the SAS. He's looking forward to spending time with his family and adjusting to civilian life. What he finds is his mother in the depths of depression due to the callous and uncaring policies of a selfish government, and due to the methods employed by their lapdogs ATOS. Ill thought out judgments lead to tragic consequences, and Danny realises the country he once loved is in a mess. He's on the edge of reason and sanity, but what will he do next?
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Paul is a graphic designer with a history that has included organising events on the London rave scene and supplying recreational drugs across the capital. Disillusioned by the way the scene has been taken over by organised crime, he turns his back on it and, after a few years working for a prestigious design company, he leaves the UK to travel the world, picking up the odd bit of legal and illegal work on the way.
Angkor Tears (The Angkor Series Book 2)
Cambodia, a country with so many shadows in its past.
Now there are new shadows.
Someone is killing children and leaving no clues.
It's enough to draw journalist Dave Bell back to Cambodia after a plea from an old friend.
Mekong Shadows: Tales from Cambodia
A collection of short stories set in, or with connections to, Cambodia. There are tales of hope, of love, of despair, and even a sprinkling of black magic. Featuring stories from John Daysh, James Newman, Mark Bibby Jackson, Steven W. Palmer, Tom Vater, John Burdett, and many more
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Angkor Cloth, Angkor Gold (The Angkor Trilogy Book 3)
Cambodia, An ancient Kingdom of Wonder.After the devastation of the Khmer Rouge regime, hundreds of thousands of refugees - victims and Khmer Rouge soldiers - flee into Thailand as the Vietnamese invade Cambodian in 1979. In the disorder of one refugee camp, a killer targets young women. But with so much chaos in the camps, nothing is done and no-one seems to care. With many refugees expatriated to France, the killer is among them, and continues to strike, in Paris and across Europe. Three decades later, and two murders in Phnom Penh have the same modus operandi as those previous deaths. Could it be the same killer? Can Brigadier General Chamreun and Lieutenant Sophie Chang discover the murderer's identity before they claim another victim?
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