Interview with John Quinlan
January 24, 2013
Welcome to The Hope Chest Reviews, John! Let's get started by discussing those romance novel covers.
1. How did you get started modeling for romance novel covers?
As you mentioned at the start of our interview, I was modeling other genres and I just expanded that into the world of romance. After a few years of people telling me over and over again that I would be a good fit for it I decided to "test the waters" as they say. :-)
2. Do you do individual cover shoots or stock photo shoots?
I do both, and this year I plan on doing more shoots with photos that will be better than ever. I try to be as versatile as I can as a model in this industry.
Captive Fantasy by Ann Mayburn in which I am a prisoner! I have to admit it was fun getting into the orange jump suit for the photo shoot.
6. Have you ever read any of the books that you've appeared on?
I don't, it is funny as I don't like to read any of the books that I am in, watch any commercials or videos either, as "I am just me." I know it sounds kind of funny because often times I am ‘acting' out of my mellow relaxed character into something else during these projects. I just like to stay relaxed and focused on future projects rather than pick myself apart in the ones that have already happened.
7. Have you ever participated in any of the romance cover model contests?
With everything going on in my life....projects, my training regimen and 3 little children, I can't remember what I did yesterday, ha ha ha!!!!! Off the top of my head, let me think, here is one, and it was very cool: Lucy Monroe's Online Reader Retreat. I was the model who received the most votes which was a real honor considering some of the other talented models I was up against. Check it out here: Lucy Monroe's Online Reader Retreat
8. You've done a number of different things throughout your career. Is there one accomplishment that stands out as having given you the greatest sense of satisfaction?
I have been told by many people out there that I am very humble. I have always been true to myself and God, so win, lose or draw, I just love life for everything I have been blessed with being able to do. Keeping this in your mind, my answer to this question is this: the people along the way. The amazing friendships that I have formed throughout my journey. To me, accolades and press are just that, I am honored to be mentioned, but it is the people along the way that made John Quinlan and shaped him into the person he is today. When I look back on my life years from now at the things I have accomplished (which will include the ones in the near future that have yet to be done), it is the people I will miss the most. I did my best to bring some talent to the table, and if it wasn't for the special people who believed in me opening that gateway to showcase it to the world, those things would never have been seen. People are referring to me as the most tattooed male romance cover model in the world and I have to say that is pretty special. I am unique, and with me, I bring a fresh new look to the romance world that our current society can relate to. It represents not just Hollywood and professional sports but guys all over the globe. Tattoos are main stream now, and I am the poster boy who broke the traditional stereotype of "being bald and tattooed means you are a bad person." I truly appreciate all the wonderful people like you, Julie, and your Hope Chest Reviews, because without all of you, models like me would never attain the recognition for our accomplishments.
I am just like every other guy who appreciates the simple things in life: good friends, family and enjoying things in the moment. Things only happen once and great memories last a lifetime, so I always make the most of them. I love the outdoors. Anything with my 3 little children: 2 boys (6 and 3) and my one year old daughter. The greatest satisfaction is taking a step back and looking at all of them together and saying, "I can't believe these beautiful little children are really mine." I also enjoy working out of course, and I am training now a bit more like a boxer as it keeps me at the top of my game year round. :-)
10. If you could trade places with a romance novel hero, what kind of character would you like to play? (e.g. vampire, werewolf, Regency gentleman, Special Ops/Military, etc.)
I haven't done Special Ops/Military yet, and people keep suggesting I get some model shots of this nature. I will definitely include this genre in my first spring shoot of 2013.
11. What personality traits in a woman are most appealing to you?
12. What's your idea of the perfect romantic evening?
I know it sounds cliché, but a classic night out to a nice restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere makes for a nice start to that perfect romantic evening. If the night starts out like this the possibilities are endless. Use your imagination as to the things that can happen after this. :-)
13. This question is inspired by The Players Club, a favorite romance series of mine: If you knew you had only one month to live and had virtually unlimited resources, what three things would you want to do?
I always answer my questions truthfully, because this is what the readers want to see. Anybody can sit here for an interview and give politically correct answers, but ask yourself as the reader after you are finished, was this interview straight up? Did it come with no holds barred honest answers without fear of judgment? When asked questions of this nature I want you as the reader to say to yourself afterwards..."me too." So the 3 things I would do under these circumstances would be acted upon pure impulse. The first, sex and lots of it! With as many different partners as possible. Anything goes and 100% inhibition free. I am a very sexually orientated person anyway and let's face it, we all love it, want it and need it. Next, being a model and having fitness in my life for over the past 2 decades comes with a few sacrifices. My diet is one of them. Now don't get me wrong, eating clean can taste good when I prepare it the right way with proper seasoning, etc. BUT with only 1 month left, what would it matter? I would hit every restaurant on the eastern seaboard! Eat everything like a champion, be full and be happy! And lastly, buy things I never thought I could buy because I would be left in debt, ha ha ha! Just charge all of those great material things on the good old plastic, because I'm not gonna be around when the creditors keep harassing me on the phone because of the no-payments. There you have it, Julie :-)
The Bible, it is the holy grail which gives me endless inner strength.
Thank you so much for visiting with The Hope Chest Reviews today, John. It's been a pleasure having you, and we wish you all the best.
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