Hello my sweets. Thank you for stopping by today and checking out my interview with fitness & romance cover model John Quinlan Interview. Be sure to leave a comment to enter to win one of two e-book copies of The Demon Side! Okay enough of me. Let's get to the MEAT!
Thank Mr. Quinlan for taking time out of your busy schedule and sitting down with me. Would you like anything to drink?
Water is ok as it is the only thing I can drink right now as I am training for a few shows with the first being the NPC Jay Cutler Classic in Boston, Massachusetts on May 6th.
*Hands John a glass of roofied water* So, first things first. I have to ask ‘cause I’m sure we’re all dying to know. Boxers or briefs?
Depends on how I feel. In the winter I tend to take a little more time off especially with the holidays so I tend to wear boxers more then but during the Spring and into Summer when my diet tightens up and I am getting ready for model shoots and shows briefs are the way to go :)
*drools as she thinks about John’s underwear on her bed post*
Oh, d’uh, He-he-he. Okay next question for ya. You mind telling our fabulous audience a little about yourself while I go clean myself up?
Sure, I will make it brief as talking about myself isn’t one of the things I like to do. I have been active in athletics in fitness for many years which got me into competitive bodybuilding in my early 20’s and then into the world of professional wrestling in my later 20’s. During these times all the way up through now I have done modeling in a wide range of areas….fitness, fashion, art, editorial, children’s literature and now Romance Novel covers. I am a competitive athlete doing so in the National Physique Committee right now with 4-5 contests coming up in the Men’s Physique Division.
You’re a fitness model, cover model, spokesperson and so much more. What made you choose your career path?
Training and working out from a young age was something I enjoyed doing and these things just came along with that as I progressed and matured physically. As I got older I learned how to “fine tune” my diet and training regimen to what worked for me and a few good people from various companies around the globe took notice.
Any plans to add to your tattoo collections?
Funny as I just added my last and final one. This answer will be the longest of the interview because this tattoo has an interesting story behind it. I have always wanted to get one last tattoo for quite some time. Being Irish, I am proud of my heritage and wanted something to show this. Something simple and sharp. For the longest time I have wanted to get a shamrock tattoo but every one that I saw really didn’t do anything for me and they all looked kind of plain. Then, last week, while looking I finally found the one I wanted. It was perfect, a shamrock with a tribal look to it. Well, when I read up a bit on this specific shamrock symbol I hit a bit of a snag. I had no idea that it was an official logo. Not only that, but I found out it was the official logo of former Mixed Martial Arts fighter Frank Shamrock. Shamrock is the adopted brother of former UFC champion Ken Shamrock and the logo also represents his school, Shamrock Martial Arts Academy.
I have always had 100% respect for every MMA athlete in the world and Frank Shamrock is right at the top of the list. When he finally walked away from professional fighting he retired as the four-time defending undefeated UFC Middleweight Champion in which he was the #1 ranked pound for pound fighter in the world. With that being said, I knew what the right thing to do was. Contact Frank Shamrock for his approval. Frank got right back to me and said he would be honored and to send him a photo of the tattoo. Awesome guy! I would like to personally thank Frank Shamrock for being so nice to John Quinlan. Frank, just as you said you would be honored for me to get this tattoo, I am honored to call you my friend. God Bless You always! With that being said, this tribal shamrock tattoo that I got on April 20th of 2012 makes the 14th and final tattoo for me. This tribal shamrock was done by tattoo artist Brad Coleman of Drastic Tattoo & Body Piercing in Peabody, Massachusetts. All of my tattoos have an oriental and Irish tribal theme that I am very happy with. In the end, my tattoos are part of me as each one has meaning and tells a special story.
What made you decide to go into fitness and modeling?
At first I was just working out for sports and to get myself stronger but as I began to train more and more I wanted to be a bit better each time. I started associating with people in the business that had been “around the block” for years and they passed their advice and methods on to me which I applied. People began to take notice, especially artists and photographers. Slowly I began working with different people and through word of mouth more people and it just took off from there to bigger and better things.
I’ve had the pleasure of stalking your Facebook page and noticed you’re a writer as well. Can you tell us a little more about your writing?
First off, thank you for saying that but the real mega talented writer here is you. I think you are amazing and am honored to be here with you for this interview. With that being said, I do write a bit for fitness articles and things of that sort once in a while when people ask my training routine or diet tips. Here is an example of an article written by Jillian Bullock where I was used as the image model and I gave my exercise and diet routine, check it out:
I enjoyed that article as I have so much respect for MMA and all the athletes in that amazing business.
Any fitness tips you can offer us chocolate junkies?
Everything in moderation!
*puts second bag of Hershey kisses away*When shooting a cover, do you ever feel awkward or is modeling natural to you?
Some shoots of this nature are more challenging than others, I don’t ever feel awkward but some shoots that tend to be outside my comfort zone are a bit tougher as I am not used to them. Standing in active wear for a shoot looking menacing is very easy for me to do as many say I have a sometimes intimidating look to me (see the image I have attached in the black shorts). This is because of my past being involved with pro wrestling and working as a night club bouncer when I was younger. There were some very tough people back then I associated with in the clubs and in the gyms that helped mold me into the person I am today. Some of which are dead or in prison now which is just crazy but you see my point. On the other hand the Romance Novel cover shoot I just did with female glamor model Angela Pagliarulo was a shoot that I feel I did well with. Angela was a super nice girl and very professional and really set the tone that I was able to follow. I want to personally thank Angela Pagliarulo for being so nice to John Quinlan, that meant a lot and it turned out to be a great shoot! Many guys might have a hard time being erotic with a female model for a shoot of this nature. But that is the business, always challenging me to do bigger and better things.
How do you prepare for a shoot?
It depends on what the shoot is for. If I am just modeling fitness gear that doesn’t require my shirt off then my preparation is much different than a shoot for clothing or Romance Novel covers that ask for 6-pack abs.
How much time do you spend keeping your incredibly rippled physique?
Believe it or not I am not ripped all the time. My weight never really deviates more than 10 pounds anytime during the year from my contest shape so it is easier to rip up if I have to on short notice. But really, when I have shows coming up my diet is on point with the goal of doing well strong in my head but in the “off-season” which is usually holiday time I like to enjoy that time with my children and enjoy some of the good food that comes along with being a good dad :)
You’re an awesome romance cover model. Tell me are you a romantic, put on some Barry White, wine, and dine kind of guy or a burger, Metallica and a beer kind of guy?
Both! I have always said variety is good and there is a time and a place for everything. Barry White every day, no offense to Barry White, would be a bit much and Burger King and beer every day is just gross and cheap, ha ha ha! We need a nice balance in our lives people.
How do you two handle the swoon of women in your wake?
I am honored for your kind words but I see myself as a regular guy who just happens to model a few things here and there along the way.
You could have pretty much any woman you set your eyes on. I’m curious what qualities do you look for?
I am married but here are the qualities I would look for, first off she has to be confident in herself. If she carries herself well and has a great attitude that means she will be fun to be with and we can build on that. I don’t like women that are super skinny, all bones I am not a fan of. I do appreciate a woman with curves and body art in the right places are a plus. Tan lines drive me insane and before I get arrested for the things I am about to say next I will stop there but you get the basic idea.
*note to self, eat more fried chicken* Wait. There’s a Mrs. Quinlan?
Yes, my wife Jennifer is wonderful. She has always supported me in all my projects and continues to do so to this very day. Most importantly she is a great mother to my children.
What are some of your pet peeves?
People who do nothing but talk about themselves! So annoying!
What are some of your turn-ons and turn-offs?
Very simple, turn-ons are people with great attitudes who are happy and secure with themselves. When one is happy with him or herself it shows on the outside. Turn-offs as I stated earlier are those people who just have the “look at me” attitude. Always needing to be the center of attention….here is some advice, get over yourself! Not everybody wants to listen to a person who only talks about me me me!
What a day in the life of a fitness extraordinaire, cover model god like?
Thank you for saying those things, you are such a nice person! I just try to be consistent and do the best I can every day and see where this journey takes me.
What do you consider the perfect day?
Hmmm, the perfect day is years from now sitting a white sandy beach with an ice cold Corona with a lime in the top skipping stones into the aqua blue ocean water in the sun. And as I am doing it I am looking back on my life without any regrets because I gave it hell and worked as hard as I could to make my dreams a reality.
What has been the most embarrassing moment to date?
I had to meet a female model I was shooting with and I had to pee like a race horse and there was no bathroom as I was sitting in a parking lot waiting for her. So I got out of the car when nobody was around and began to go and when I was finally almost done I looked down to find out I wet the entire front of my pants. Yeah, I met her like that……..awkward!
BWHAHAHAHAHA! O-M-G! That’s too funny. I have so many embarrassing moments though I shouldn’t laugh. Nope can’t hold. BWHAHAHAHAHAHAH! Okay. Okay. *tries to gain some resemblance of composure. You do quite a few fitness shows. I can tell by some of your photos you definitely don’t need the help in this department but I have to know, are the ‘padding’ rumors true?
There is only one guy that I know who padded his junk and that was Val Venus of the WWF in the late 90’s I believe, lol! No, never padded anything, what you see is what you get but this I can tell you…..I defy all those Irish myth’s, ha ha ha!
Val is one of my favorites! Say it isn’t so! *rips poster off the wall* Okay. On a different topic. How do you juggle work and life outside of the spotlight?
I never let things stress me out and I take things one day at a time. I always look at every tough situation that stands in front of me like this….there are people in the world who have it a lot worse than I do! I look at the big picture with things and usually they no longer seem that bad!
Pepsi or Coke?
*Fights the urge to slap John and pour the yummy deliciousness of Pepsi down his throat* Do you ever feel like you’re nothing more than a piece of meat?
Many times, it is a business and I treat it as such. I go there, do my job and come home.
If I opened up your fridge what would I find?
I am training for contests right now so not much, ha ha ha! Gallons of water, spinach, chicken, oranges and eggs. Ask me this question again during the holidays and I will give you a much better answer, lol!
What type of books do you enjoy reading?
All types, mystery is probably my favorite.
I can’t write without my IPod on full blast, a Pepsi in hand, and a bag of Hershey kisses’ next to me. Do you have any rituals when it comes to modeling?
The morning of a shoot leading up to it I eat lots of sweets, the sugar fills me up and gets me feeling good, lol!
If a woodchuck would chuck wood, how much wood would a woodchuck chuck?
I am an animal lover but I honestly don’t like woodchucks, nasty rodents, lol!
*Quickly motions her assistant to send the woodchuck back to pet store* What do you enjoy doing with your spare time?
Being a great dad to 3 of the world’s best children when I am not tied up with my projects.
Do you have any hobbies?
My lifestyle is my hobby, it takes 100% of me!
I make it no secret I have a huge industry crush on you. If it weren’t for the fact I love my husband and you’re married I’d… well let’s just say the jail sentence would be worth it and the barn yard would never be the same. Who are some of your industry crushes?
I agree if the situation was different I would get with you in a heartbeat and believe me my heartbeat would be racing if you know what I mean, ha ha ha!!!!! Make your toes curl, lol!!!!!!!
*One more note to self: Keep a defibrillator next to the kitchen table* What’s your favorite song or anthem that pumps you up?
Any good hard metal that is loud gets my adrenaline going!
Quickly, vampires or Demons?
Vampires of course, I just modeled as one, ha ha ha!!!!!!
*smacks forehead as she ponders how to bring him to the darkside*
So, if an author wanted to get you under her covers, oops I mean on one of her covers, how would they go about that?
Lol, that was funny! Here is the direct link for my Romace Novel Cover Stock Gallery:
You can also go to my Official Website at www.johnquinlan.org and click on the box in the upper left hand corner titled, Romance Novel Book Cover Stock Images. If any author sees a sample image of a stock cover they like they can email me by clicking on the “Contact” box in the upper right hand corner on the main page of my web site.
No. Thank you John for taking the time out to sit down with us. Let your wife know you’re a lucky man. :P One last question. Where can our readers stalk you?
Official Blog: http://irishjohnquinlan.blogspot.com/
Official Website: www.johnquinlan.org
Web Gallery & Site: http://www.johnjosephquinlan.com/
Model Mayhem: http://www.johnjosephquinlan.com/
Model Jock Interview: http://www.modeljock.com/2011/10/interview-pro-wrestler-and-male-model.html