SJ Hodges is an eleven time published writer who completed her MFA in Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She won the 2008 LA Weekly Annual Theatre Award for Playwriting for her play How Cissy Grew. In addition, SJ worked as a celebrity interviewer and film industry reporter for Interview magazine and wrote for A&E’s popular Biography series. Her first novel, Party Favors, a roman a clef co-authored with Nicole Sexton was published by Lyons Press. Her second book, a memoir co-authored with Deborah Strobin and Ilie Wacs is entitled An Uncommon Journey. It was purchased by Barricade Books. Her third book, a memoir co-authored with Animal Planet’s “Pit Boss” Shorty Rossi was purchased by Random House. It hit #36 on Amazon and went into its 3rd printing six weeks after its release date. As an editor, SJ has worked on books published by Vanguard Press, Perseus Book Group and St. Martin’s Press.
I’m a family man, teacher and storyteller who uses songs, films, photos, words and my voice to inspire, entertain and educate people (preferably all at the same time!).
I create all my music, films and writing in my lounge, in and among all my daughter’s toys.
Or, if I’m feeling especially adventurous and creative I might use the wider world around me; the block of flats I live in, the streets nearby, Battersea Park, iconic parts of London or anywhere I can get away with filming for free
I’m inspired when people push themselves to improve, no matter how big or small the goal, and I hope to inspire other people in a similar fashion; if I can help or even just encourage people to improve their skills or situation even a little, that makes me a very happy man!
I also train martial arts, play chess and love to travel.
MELBOURNE, Australia – After years of environmental destruction from warfare and exploitation of limited resources, melting icecaps are hardly humanity’s problem after military expeditions awaken a sleeping giant. “Apex Predator” by Kelvin Kwa is equal parts military techno-thriller and science fiction horror. Set in the very near future, the story follows the officers and crew of a United States nuclear submarine, a highly trained splinter unit of Navy SEALs, a Chinese Special Forces commander and a rogue freelance intelligence agent as they are entangled in a sinister covert operation that will see them hunted and betrayed by friend, enemy and monster alike.
“All of the things I have experienced contribute towards knowledge and imagination that I apply to my writing. I have a passion for a good story, and an epic story is best when shared,” Kwa said.
Though the book touches on issues such as technology, climate change, LGBT in military
service and scientific ethics, it’s first and foremost a thriller written for entertainment
purposes. “Apex Predator” is the book that Kwa wanted to write after spending a lifetime
invested in film, novels, comics and video games.
The Zen Engines is a band and music project headed by Gregg Kirk, who currently hails from the NYC metro area in the US. The content of their debut release “Obrigado” is the result of Kirk’s decade-long battle with Lyme Disease and his subsequent visit to John of God’s Casa de Dom Inácio de Loyola in Abadiania, Brazil. While there, Kirk experienced a major reduction of his symptoms and a spiritual awakening that gave fodder to almost every song on the release.
Originally from the Philadelphia area, Kirk got his start playing with Philly legend Robert Hazard shortly after Hazard penned “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” for Cyndi Lauper, and then Kirk went on to form his own bands, including The Killtoys and Shovelhead.
The latter group battered the Philly region with their post-grunge sound in the mid-90s and shared the stage with an impressive list of bands including Fugazi, fIREHOSE, Goo Goo Dolls, Godflesh and Dread Zeppelin. In 1996, A&M Records paid for them to record an album and then subsequently dropped them.
In 1999, Kirk moved to the NYC metro area where he built his own recording studio and formed a songwriting partnership with Austin, TX native Timothy Abbott. The two created The Figurados and released two critically-acclaimed CDs: “Divine Spirits, Holy Smoke” and “Lesson Two,” which the band supported by playing live in both the Austin and NYC areas.
When that project came to a halt in late 2010, Kirk embarked on his healing pilgrimage to Brazil and within days new songs began to emerge. Originally the focus of the tunes was self-healing, but Kirk soon realized that the music and vibrations could have a powerful effect on others and that has become the major focus of this release… to raise the vibrations and healing of anyone who hears these songs.
Matt has started multiple businesses, bought one, sold over 20 as a broker and has seen a few go down the tubes! He is now working hard to grow CapForge Bookkeeping into a nationally recognized brand for small business bookkeeping.
He has a bestselling QuickBooks Book on Amazon and several more books in the works including a compilation from the podcast. He hosts the Entrepreneur Talk podcast and is a frequent blogger on his own site as well as many other blogs where he shares his experience and knowledge about small business startup, operations, growth and exits. He has many tips to share on improving existing businesses from top to bottom!
Matt has an MBA with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship from SDSU, many bookkeeping certifications and was formerly a licensed business broker in CA for a number of years.
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