Model Exclusive! HOT HOT HOT! John Quinlan
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We admins at Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock recently had the privilege to sit down and interview one of the hottest romance book cover models in the world, the one and only John Quinlan. John Quinlan lives in Boston, Massachusetts and is known as the most tattooed male romance cover model in the world. Not only is he gorgeous, but also he is funny, laid back, down-to-earth, and one of the nicest guys we have ever met. We talked with John about modeling, bodybuilding, book covers, and women! Read on to find out more!
How old were you when you decided to start body building and modeling?
I was a teenager. I began with fitness and progressed into other genres of modeling as time went on.
How many times a week do you workout?
I try to be consistent with five times per week.
What type of music, if any, do you listen to when you work out?
Anything that is loud and gets me going. Rock and heavy metal work just great along with the classic techno hits from back in the day.
Tell us about your bodybuilding career. How often do you compete? Have you won and what have you won?
I started bodybuilding as a junior when I was in my early twenties and won a few contests. That was the end of the road for me as far as competitive bodybuilding as I got into the world of professional wrestling next. I took a bit of time off after that ended; although, I still modeled a bit in my spare time. I was still active in fitness, so I got back into it again as a Physique competitor which has been a great experience for me. I have met so many amazing people during my time as a competitive athlete. To answer your question, I won my class in a show at Twin Rivers Casino, Rhode Island in 2012 and won an Overall in 2013 in Vermont. Very special moments for me yes.
Is modeling your only job?
Mostly, along with training athletes in my spare time on strength and conditioning. I am also involved with The Elizabeth Grady Company as an official spokes model which is nice.
If you had your choice of a model shoot with anyone in the world who would you choose and why?
Megan Fox as I have always admired her.
Have you ever posed nude?
Yes, I was nominated for Playgirl’s Hunk of the Month for June 2013. I have done three separate Playgirl themed shoots.
What do you think is your sexiest attribute?
I never talk about myself like this but for the sake of our interview sitting here with you I will take a stab at this one. I can only go by what people tell me, so I will go with the comment I have received the most in the model world which is that I have one of the best jaw lines in the industry. Guess that translates into my facial features aren’t bad. Ha! Ha! Ha!
How many book covers have you been on?
You know I have never counted but off the top of me head probably at least a dozen or so with dozens of cover images purchased by authors they plan on using for the books they have yet to finish yet.
What author would you love to be on a cover for that you haven’t already? Kristin Secorsky. I connected with her from the minute we met at the RT Booklovers Conventions, and she is a very close friend of mine. I would be honored to appear on one of her covers.
How do you feel about women having your image in their head when they are reading naughty books?
I never viewed myself as anything special. I am truly humbled by all the positive feedback I have received from so many people around the globe. I personally thank them all for putting John Quinlan in the elite class of romance cover models.
What is the craziest thing a fan has ever said to you or done?
I want to have your baby
Do you get fan mail? What is the craziest thing you have ever received?
I do receive fan mail, and one time I actually opened up a mailing envelope with a woman’s unwashed panties in them. She wrote in lipstick that she wanted me to smell the raw essence of her. I was like, “Wow, let me just throw these in the monster dumpster out back and boil my hands.” Ha! Ha! Ha!!!!!!
Tell us about your tattoos. How old were you when you got your first tattoo? How many do you have? What are their significances?
I got my first tattoo when I was 18 years old. It was a Notre Dame Fighting Irish logo on my right shoulder. It has been long covered up, but that was the start of it. I have 27 individual tattoos which has made me the most tattooed male romance cover model in the world today. I am sure down the road another guy will come along with more ink than me and take the title, but it is nice to be remembered as the very first. The first guy to break the stereotypical romance cover model without any body art. In society we always remember the first of everything, the first American Idol or the first Ms. Olympia. It is special to me.
We love the tattoo on your stomach. Does it have a meaning behind it?
All of my tattoos have personal meaning to me. Some I have never revealed their meaning as they are very personal to me. The tattoo on my stomach is actually two separate tattoos that are pieced close together. The oriental Kanji writing translates into “courage” which one needs to take the leap of faith towards achieving their dreams and making them come true. The tribal sun around my naval is wrapped in barbed wire and as we all know the sun is hot and the sun is burning. We have all heard the phrase, “I have a burning desire.” Whether it is a desire to be the best at something or to achieve a goal in life if one wants something bad enough, he or she won’t let anything hold them down and get in their way of attaining it. The sun symbolizes my burning desire to achieve my personal dreams, and the wire represents the constant things in life that keep trying to hold me back from getting where I want to be. So the whole thing means I have a burning desire with the courage of a warrior to keep working hard to achieve my dreams without letting anything stop me.
What is your favorite drink to unwind with?
Long Island Iced Tea
What is your favorite cheat meal?
It was Greek pizza but there is a pizza place close to Boston on Revere Beach named Bianchi’s Pizza and it is the very best. Love it!
Tell us about the craziest woman you have ever been involved with—no names of course.
I find out a while into everything that she had split personality disorder. Let’s just say it was kind of fun while it lasted because it was like being with a different person every night of the week.
Do you think women with tattoos are sexy? What about piercings?
Personally, I love women with tattoos and piercings. I think they are all very erotic.
Our readers want to know, what is your favorite attribute of a woman?
Self-confidence is number one. A woman who knows what she wants is a big turn on for me. All the rest is like most guys, but I do like all women alike and curves get me every time.
What is an instant turnoff about a woman?
One who constantly craves attention. The “hey look at me” every second woman. I’m like, “next please.”
Are you married, and do you have kids?
I am married right now to my wife Jennifer with our three children.
What do you like to do in your down time?
I enjoy being a dad to my three beautiful children. I also enjoy simple things like the rest of us, going to the movies, the mall, and just hanging with friends enjoying good food and drinks (when I am not dieting for a shoot or show) Ha!
What do you have in store in the near future? Any exciting news or plans?
I waiting to find out more about a movie I have been cast for which is set to begin filming in January 2015, and a reality show about fitness models coming soon with filming in either Florida or California. I was just selected last month as I mentioned earlier as an official image and spokes model for The Elizabeth Grady Company as well, which I was very proud of.
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