Holiday Interview With Cover Model and Actor John Antorino

John Antorino is visiting here with me on Cover Model Corner and I’m excited to share his interview with everyone. I first met John and his mother at a writer’s event in East Tennessee in December two years ago and the seed of a story idea grew as I saw the work he has been doing with children who are very sick. That story idea led to my newest project and I’m excited to share that Jenna’s Christmas Wish is now available through Dark Castle Lords Publishing. Now let’s chat with John.


John, the first cover you appeared on, Dreams of a Raven Moon, was also with Dark Castle Lords. Is Jenna’s Christmas Wish the second cover you’ve appeared on for Dark Castle Lords and have you been on other covers? And how did you get into cover modeling?


Yes, and I’ve been on some other covers as well. I got into cover modeling basically by people telling me I’d be perfect for the covers. And photographers and authors contacting me to do them. So here I am!!



Beyond modeling for book covers what other types of modeling have you done?


I’ve done it all. I started out as a fashion model when I was very young. Then crossed over into fitness modeling and underwear modeling, then into acting. I have done it all and still do it all. I’ve been blessed with great genes, as well as a crazy work ethic.

Debra: You’ve played a 1900’s Italian immigrant an HBO series called “The Knick” and a German Nazi Soldier in the movie “Escaping the Holocaust”. Can you tell us about your latest movie? I understand you have one releasing in the theaters just a few days.


I had one released this year called “Beyond The Trophy”. We are now waiting for a release date for what was titled “Escaping the Holocaust” and now titled “There Is Many Like Us”. Stay tuned!!



Do you have any new projects coming up that you would like to tell us about?


Yes, first I am excited about the new book- Jenna’s Christmas Wish coming out and will being doing lots of press and pub for that. Attend some conventions and conferences representing DCL and the new book. I am still the face of and sponsored athlete for the company- Muscle Wiz. And we have lots going on with new products coming out. I will be doing new magazine ads for them, as well as appearances and demos for them. Anyone looking for great protein powders, fat burners, and other great products check them out and feel free and contact me about:

I have some movies in the works that are still in pre-production. So keep an eye out for news on those.

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Questions sent in by our fans:

How did you get started, and how old were you?

John :

I started when I was young and in college. I was always being approached by people in general, as well as agents, photographers, scouts, etc….And they would always say I had a great look and could be in magazines and on tv/movies. I didn’t really think anything of it at first. I was just a kid in college having fun and playing sports. As time went on and it happened more and more. I would go home and tell my mom. She said let’s go see what it’s all about. We took the bus to NYC one day and the rest is history as they say!

Does he attend cons?


Yes I do. And hope to attend many more in 2016 and beyond!!

What did you do before modeling? What do you see yourself doing twenty years from now?


I was in college and having fun. Being a kid. And before my career really took off I worked a few different jobs. While I was in college I worked in nightclubs. As a male dancer and serving drinks. Fun job and fun times. I then worked with disabled adults in day programs teaching them life skills and taking them to the gym. And my last job I was a crisis counselor in a school for troubled youth. Both great and rewarding jobs that I’ll never forget.

20 years I see myself relaxing a lot more. Most likely owning my own business. Probably restaurants. Possibly doing something in the health and fitness field. And always involved with much charity and helping as many sick kids as possible.

Do you have to shave your body before a shoot?


Yes I do. Gotta stay smooth and clean. And showing all the details and hard work of my body for the camera. Makes a huge difference.



One of the things I know about you which inspired me to write a romance hero based on you is how much you do for children who are very ill. I’ve watched this for several years now and you bless so many people with the things you do to help. This also found its way into the story as I find one of the most heroic things a man can do is to help others. Can you tell us a little bit about the work you do with the children?


Yes, helping others and doing for others is and has always been my true passion and calling in life. I’ve been this way and have had this in my heart as far back as I can remember. I typically like to help anyone in need, less-fortunate, sick, homeless….But I really have a soft spot for sick kids. So, I help many sick kids with cancer and other terrible illnesses. I visit them at the hospitals and their homes as well. I buy them gifts and do things for them. Help out the families as much as I can. Spend time with them. Take them out. I even attend their Dr. appointments for support.



What is your favorite way to spend the Christmas holidays?


With family and good friends. Relaxing and eating. Helping and giving to others, especially the sick and less fortunate. No greater feeling in the world for me than to give and make others happy.


Do you have any special memories of past Christmases that you’d like to share?


My mother, who raised us (my twin sister and I on her own) always makes Christmas special. She has an annual Christmas Eve party. And it’s full of great foods and family and close friends. The last Christmas I got to spend with both my Grandparents was the most special one for me. I believe it was in 2010. I miss them like crazy and Christmas really isn’t the same anymore.


Jenna’s Christmas Wish comes true. John, what is your Christmas wish this year?


My Christmas wish this year is probably the same most every year. It is for all the sick kids to be well and to be able to be home with their families and feeling good. Also, for the less fortunate to have food on their tables, a roof over their heads, and for no kid to wake up Christmas morning without presents.


That’s a beautiful wish, John and I will join you in that one and in wishing all our readers a Christmas full of blessings.


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This interview article also ran in the 2015 December issue of Affaire de Coeur Magazine.


Cover Model Corner Interview With Daniel Hosse

11292857_10205521832498163_761643850_n I met Daniel Hosse at the A Day With the Authors event in Nashville in May and invited him to do a Cover Model Corner interview with me. I’m pleased to be able to share his interview with you here today. IMG_3289 Welcome Daniel!  What was the first cover you appeared on and how did this come about? Daniel: The first cover I shot was for Renee Lee Fisher. She actually contacted me after seeing one of my shots online and asked me to be on her cover. Debra: If you could do a photo shoot anywhere in the world for a cover, where would you most want to go? What sort of shoot would it be? Daniel: I’d love to do a shoot in the mountains. I’ve always wanted to do a rustic photo shoot on location somewhere like that. 11270877_10205521832618166_687727660_n Debra: Beyond romance novel cover shots, what other projects or jobs keep you busy? Daniel: I write poetry as well and it’s one of my primary passions. Debra: Poetry is one of my passions too. I do love a good poem. If you wrote a book, what would it be about? Daniel: I have written two and am in the process of formatting them for publication. Both are poetry books. Debra: Excellent. I look forward to reading them! This question is almost always asked in interviews because your fitness level is beyond the average persons. What is your exercise routine and what sort of nutrition plan do you follow to achieve and maintain your level of fitness? 11276059_10205521832578165_1959572634_n Daniel: I workout an average of 6 days a week, focusing on different muscle groups each day. Diet is the biggest part and struggle for me. I’ve always been a “hard gainer” so keeping my weight up and eating constantly is the toughest challenge. Debra: If you could share three simple fitness tips the average romance reader could do every day to stay healthy, what would they be? Daniel: Drink water, eat clean, and listen to your body. Debra: Excellent advice. It’s your birthday dinner and the calories don’t count. What’s on the menu and what are you drinking? Daniel: Sushi and green tea…mmmm. Debra: Oh that sounds delicious. How would you describe the perfect romantic evening? Daniel: You know I don’t think there is a perfect evening, but rather a perfect date. It’d be “her” that would make any evening romantically perfect.

Debra: Now that is romantic. Please share one unusual fact about you or your life:

Daniel: I love big band music and old radio tunes.

Debra: Oh what fun! Okay now Eight Quickie Questions:

  • Watching the sunrise or watching the sunset and the stars?

Definitely the sunset and stars.

  • The beach or the mountains?

Mountains for sure.

  • Primitive camping or luxury hotel?

Camping any day everyday.

  • Snow skiing or water skiing?

Snow skiing please. Favorite movie: It depends on the genre but “The Notebook” is an all time favorite.

  • Best book you ever read:

“The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

  • Sport to play:

Bass fishing…hey it’s a sport.

  • Sport to watch:

I honestly don’t watch much TV. I’d rather be doing something myself than watching someone else play a game. Debra: Thank you Daniel, it’s been fun getting to know you. Before we end do you have a poem you might like to share with our readers? 11216289_10205521832538164_1501691369_n Daniel: Yes, I can do that.

The Cricket’s Waltz

High in the hills there lived a man,

Old and wise of gaze,

In a little cabin of log and stone,

Living out his days,

Each night he’d sit beneath the moon,

Rocking in his chair,

He’d settle back and light his pipe,

And at the stars he’d stare,

The wind would oft’ blow softly past,

To ring his horseshoe chimes,

Pipe smoke rising gently up,

Smoky phantoms lost in time,

‘Twas early fall as he sat,

One quiet starry eve,

The year nineteen and sixty two,

Yes I do believe,

No wind did blow to carry off,

The chimes they did not ring,

Instead, as he gently smoked,

He heard a cricket sing,

For a moment the old man was moved,

Stopped rocking in his chair,

The cricket’s song ’twas like a waltz,

At some forgotten fair,

The little tune rose and fell,

A symphony of Nature’s crafting,

Old man smiling to himself,

His pipe smoke still a’wafting,

He then began to rock in time,

With his musical little friend,

So they waltzed into the night,

Until the song did end,

The old man then rose and bowed,

Bid the cricket well,

Turned and walked into his home,

‘Neath the moonlight soft and pale,

So each night the two would sing,

The cricket and the man,

And all the woodland animals,

Would come listen to their band,

Perhaps God himself among the crowd,

No one really knew,

But how beautiful were the songs,

Of that timely two,

Fall’s final leaf then fell one day,

And the old man became ill,

He softly lay upon his bed,

The cricket upon his sill,

When he took his final breath,

His little friend then sung a dirge,

Hopped away into the night,

Nary a sound was heard,

Then on that eve beneath the moon,

With a flowered wreath upon the door,

The porch was empty,

just a rocking chair,

And the cricket waltzed no more.

– DNH 06/2014

Debra: Thank you Daniel, what a lovely poem. And such a nice way to end. Thank you for visiting with me on Cover Model Corner. Readers, for more of Daniel’s poetry, be on the lookout for his book which is coming soon. You can find Daniel on Facebook:   and Instagram – @kadath