Cover Model Corner Interview With John Antorino

Cover Model Corner Interview With John Antorino.

John is a cover model, actor, personal trainer, nutrition consultant and a body builder. I was fortunate enough to meet John and his lovely mother in December at Destiny Blaine’s Writers Workshop in East Tennessee and he agreed to an interview. This is a picture of us taken before dinner one evening.

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Debra: Welcome John. What was the first cover you appeared on and how did this come about?

John: Thank you Debra. First romance cover I was on “Dreams of a Raven Moon” I met the author at an event in NYC and she said I want you for my next cover. And so we set it up and made it happen.

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?

John: Well I’ve worked in some great places already and have done shoots of pretty much every kind. I’ve worked in Brazil Italy Mexico St. Thomas Paris London Germany Aruba South Africa. To name a few. Maybe a snow shoot in Alaska? Hmmmmmmm

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Debra: Beyond romance novel cover shots, what other projects or jobs keep you busy?

John: I’ve been blessed to have a great range and the ability to do a wide range of work. And to work hard to change my look and appearance when need be. I do underwear ads. Fitness magazine spreads and covers. I’m an actor as well so I’m working on TV shows and movies. Working on 2 big projects right now. An HBO series called “The Knick” playing a 1900’s Italian immigrant and playing a German Nazi Soldier in “Escaping the Holocaust”. Also, I am a sponsored endorsed athlete for Muscle Wiz supplement company. Been working extremely hard with it all!!

Debra: Can you tell us a little bit about the new movie you’ve been working on “Escaping the Holocaust”?

Well I’m playing a tough role. Nazi Soldier Pilka. I’ve prepared long and hard for it. Lost weight learned German and their mannerisms attitudes…It’s a real life true story. Really brutal content. But this has a happy love story ending. It’s about a man and a woman that met in one of the camps and were separated and both thought one another died. Only to find each other many years later alive and well. They are still together to this day. Amazing story.

Debra: Who has been your favorite actor to work with so far?

John: Eric Roberts

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Debra: Now that your acting career is where you are focused will you still be doing covers?

John: I will still do covers. Yes! Tell all your author and publisher friends. Wink Wink

Debra:  What’s one question you wish an interviewer would ask you?

John: Well I’ve always been an open book. So anyone can ask me anything they want. Anything goes. I don’t get a lot of questions about my personal life and women and my dating and sex life. Haha

Debra:  If you wrote a book, what would it be about?

John: My life

Debra: 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?

John: I typically do double gym sessions. I do cardio(treadmill bike elliptical)and abs early in the am on an empty stomach. 6am. Then go back in the afternoon and do my weight training. My diet right now is very clean and usually clean eating for me year round. For the past 10 weeks I’ve been eating chicken, fish, egg whites, and turkey. That’s it! In preparation for my recent work and roles. This is the diet I needed. Lost 25 lbs.

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Debra: If you could share three simple fitness tips the average romance reader could do every day to stay healthy, what would they be?

John: First, Be active…stay active! Go to the gym a several days a week. Walk or run. Do push-ups. You don’t need to be a gym member to be in shape and be healthy. Just be active! Two, drink water. Lots of it! Three, watch your daily fat sugar and carbohydrate intake. And watch eating after 6pm.

Debra: It’s your birthday dinner and the calories don’t count. What’s on the menu and what are you drinking?

John: Italian food. Lots of it! Chicken parm, ravioli, meatballs, Italian bread. And cannoli’s for dessert. And I’m drinking water. It’s all I drink.

Debra: Describe the perfect romantic evening:

John: I’d cook a nice homemade dinner at home. Candle lit. Nice relaxing chill music. Some good dessert. A good movie. Hugs and kisses. Sleep with my arms around her. That’s my perfect romantic evening.

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Debra: Please share one unusual fact about you or your life:

John: I’ll name a few.

I never had a sip of alcohol in my life. I was a school crisis counselor for several years and worked with disabled adults and children for several years as well. Before my career really took off. I am very passionate about helping others and giving back.

Debra: Eight Quickie questions:

Watching the sunrise or watching the sunset and the stars?

John: I love both. But if I had to pick one would be the sunset. Perfect end to the day.

Debra: The beach or the mountains?

John: Easy one. Beach

Debra: Primitive camping or luxury hotel?

John: Luxury hotel

Debra: Snow skiing or water skiing?

John: Water skiing

Debra: Favorite movie:

John: Hard one. I have so many. Goodfellas

Debra: Best book you ever read:

John: The Bible

Debra: Fav. Sport to play:

John: Wrestling

Debra: Fav. Sport to watch:

John: Football

Debra: John, you have such a positive and encouraging way about you and you have accomplished so much in your life already. Are there any words of encouragement you would like to share here today?

John: Thank you. Yes. Just always be willing to work hard for what you want in life. Be willing to sacrifice. Nothing in life worth anything comes easy. Set goals and go after them. Never ever let anyone tell you, you can’t do something. And I am huge on staying humble and down to earth, and give back as much as you can.

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Debra: Thank you for visiting with me today. It’s been fun getting to know you. Before we say goodbye, do you have any news or announcements to share?

John: My pleasure. Just watch out for “Escaping the Holocaust”. And “The Knick”. And more covers coming soon!!

Debra: How can fans stay up to date on your latest news?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/johnantorino and www.facebook.com/johnantorinofanpage

Website: www.JohnAntorino.com

And for John’s movies: www.imdb.com/name/nm3016683

 

Cover Model Corner – Interview With Scott Nova

Debra Parmley’s Cover Model Corner Interview With Cover Model Scott Nova.

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Today on Cover Model Corner I’m pleased to introduce Cover Model Scott Nova. Scott works as a cover model, fitness model, physique model and actor. He also graduated the firefighting academy and EMT school and works part-time as a fireman, while his full time job is in IT. Intelligent, strong, good looking and a hero who saves lives as a firefighter, Scott is a busy man.IMG_1075-Edit

Debra: Scott, thank you for taking the time to do this interview. So how did it all start? What was the first cover you appeared on and how did this come about?

Scott: First cover was for the lovely Cindy Holby and I will forever thank her for it because it gave me the confidence to go after this and make it a small career. The book was Quicksilver by Cindy Holby.

Debra: Thank you Cindy

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?

Scott: Wow, that’s a tough question. J I’d have to say I’d go back to my roots and want to do some country or mountain man stuff. And I’d have to say that the mountains of Colorado would be absolutely inspiring to shoot at. The worst part would be that I wouldn’t be able to take all the photographers with me that have helped me so much through the years. On the other side of the spectrum, if I were to do something exotic, I’d absolutely love to do a shoot in the Roman city and surrounding areas. Amazing!

Debra: There’s nothing like that fresh mountain air and Rome is fantastic.

Debra: 

Beyond romance novel cover shots, what other projects or jobs keep you busy?

Scott: Well, first and foremost I adore being a father to my four-year-old little boy, Jacob. My time with him is so precious. I also love spending time with my beautiful wife, Lesley. We do everything together. We found each other and don’t plan on letting go. We like all the same foods, and attractions. We can spend a couple hours in the grocery store and not bat an eye. Although that time also normally includes a glass of wine in the wine section. Lol But I’m a firefighter, so I train a lot and keep my body and mind sharp. I’m also a competitive bodybuilder and so all that combined keeps me pretty busy.

Debra: What’s one question you wish an interviewer would ask you?

Scott: 
Most interviews always ask about the industry, and about the physique. But rarely do they ask about me and what I did before thousands of women know my abs on books. Laughing. 
But I was a country boy. Plain and simple. I grew up in-between two farms. I rode motorbikes and frequently got suspended from school. I built racecars for street racing with my father and spent many, many nights leaning on the fender of my 1970 Chevy Nova looking for a race. I definitely put some gray hairs on my folks growing up. But I was always there for them. I always came home at night, and I always made time to spend with my folks and my baby brother. He’s not so baby anymore; he’s 32yrs old, but always my little bro. And I don’t get to spend enough time with him now at all. Those are who I really am. I grew up hard working and working hard. I chopped wood and shoveled coal before I could drive a car. My parents are two of the hardest working people I know, and I always just try to always make them proud.

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Debra: Now you have me feeling nostalgic about my first car, which was a blue Chevy Nova. I got her up past 100 once just to see what she could do. J I’m sure your family is very proud of all you have accomplished.

Debra: 

If you wrote a book, what would it be about?

Scott: I think the book would be a about a greaser growing up in an ever growing population of hipsters that try to look cool hanging with their mini-coopers and overly expensive cars that only see a highway on Sundays when they go to have coffee with like-minded guys. There would be some wrong side of the tracks stuff between the two groups and of course the greaser gets the girl. Lol

Debra: But of course he does.  So a story like a modern day Grease.

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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?

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Scott: I don’t get to indulge in the every day foods like most do. I get a couple months out of the year combined that I can really enjoy. But it’s still on my mind. But it’s how I eat, and train is a lifestyle, not a burden. I love how I’ve turned my body around. Before this, I was a skinny fat kid. I had horrible sleep patterns and eating. Now, I’m healthier and stronger. I can be there for my family more, and know that I can protect them. Don’t get me wrong though, I love a good donut and Starbucks just like the rest of you.

Debra: I’ll bet you burn that donut and Starbucks right off though as busy and hard working as you are.

Debra: If you could share three simple fitness tips the average romance reader could do every day to stay healthy, what would they be?

Scott: 
Sleep! Sleep is so healthy and good for you it’s almost not measurable. It’s when the body heals in every way. To build on that, if you eat real late, your body will just store the food in the form of fat. Eat sooner. If you must eat later, make it a high protein and low index carb meal. To further build on that point, if you consume more carbs and fats that you burn, the body will store them. So keep the carbs to good carbs. Sweet potatoes, oatmeal etc. And good fats such as olive oil and natural peanut butter.

Debra: It’s so rare for anyone to mention sleep when talking about fitness or weight loss and such a key factor in being healthy. Thank you for the tips!

Debra:

 It’s your birthday dinner and the calories don’t count. What’s on the menu and what are you drinking?

Scott: Oh snap!!!! Birthday dinner…. well, I’d absolutely love the homemade potpies that Lesley makes. Totally, and absolutely made from scratch and Aaaaamazing. To drink, that would be Anglos full-bodied red that is good for poultry because it’ll be a turkey potpie.

Debra: Your birthday meal sounds so delicious and amazing I’m now wishing I could get invited to dinner.

Debra: Please share one unusual fact about you or your life.

Scott: 
Because I live such an alpha life what with the bodybuilding and power lifting and all. Everyone thinks I’ll have a big 100lb dog but I’m reality I absolutely love Min-schnauzers. J They are such cuddle dogs.

Debra: They really are! And they are so cute too.

Eight Quickie questions:

1.) Watching the sunrise or watching the sunset and the stars?

Sunset, makes for awesome shoots.

2.) The beach or the mountains?

Mountains.

3.) Primitive camping or luxury hotel?

Luxury hotel believe it or not.

4.) Snow skiing or water-skiing?

Snow.

5.) Favorite movie.

The Crow
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6.) Best book you ever read.

The Art of War.

7.) Fav. Sport to play.

Volleyball

8.) Fav. Sport to watch.

American Football

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Debra: Scott it’s been fun getting to know you. Before we say goodbye, how can fans stay up to date on your latest news?

Scott: Thanks Debra.

Website: 
http://www.ScottNova.com

Facebook: fan page: Cover Model Scott Nova, Scottnovacm for regular FB page

Twitter: https://twitter.com/scottnovacm

Thanks to

Kim Killion of Hot Damn Designs
 and Regal Rebel Photography 
Fotoimages by Ken for the images.

Thank you Debra.

Debra: It’s been a pleasure Scott. Thank you.

Readers can visit http://www.debraparmley.com or http://www.covermodelcorner.wordpress.com for more interviews and pics on Cover Model Corner.

Once upon a time … Breakfast in Bed with Cover Model Jimmy Thomas … and Cover Model Corner was born.

Once upon a time …. there was a romance author named Debra Parmley who bought some raffle tickets at the Romantic Times Book Lovers Convention in L.A. The raffle set up by International Cover Model Jimmy Thomas was to raise funds for an animal shelter in L.A. and the cause called to her heart.

She bought the tickets, happy to help in her small way, and thought no more about it.

But then, at the big book signing where she was signing her books, something magical happened and Jimmy Thomas drew her name.

She’d won! She had to pinch herself. The prize was breakfast in bed with International Cover model Jimmy Thomas and would involve a photo shoot.

She had to double check her tickets twice to be sure it really was happening. She couldn’t believe it, but it really was. She left her book signing table to report to Jimmy Thomas and to set up the time for the photo shoot. It really was happening! They set the time and she hurried back to her book signing table.

The day came and she was nervous. She didn’t have anything to wear except her regular pajamas which hardly anyone ever saw her in. When mothers hand out advice about always wearing clean underwear they say nothing about being sure to pick out pajamas you might want to wear in the event you are having a breakfast in bed photo shoot with an international cover model. All she had with her was her black and pink polka dotted pajamas. There had been no time to go shopping. So, polka dots it would have to be. She hoped they didn’t make her look like a twelve year old.

Sometimes there is no fairy godmother to spin up a new set of clothing for you so you have to go with what you have and who you are.

So, there Debra was, nervous and wearing her polka dots. She wondered how she would ever be able to eat with the camera clicking away, but soon Jimmy Thomas and his photographer Bruce Heinsius had her relaxing and joking around like the best of friends.

Jimmy also told her he would do an interview with her and she could post it on her website blog.

The interview was such a success, having 5,000 views in a very short period of time, that other cover models began approaching her, asking to be interviewed.

Cover Model Corner was born. Since then she has interviewed many famous cover models and her interviews are often picked up by Affair du Coeur Magazine.

After having two new websites built over the past years, Debra decided to set up a dedicated blog for Cover Model Corner and it launched May 26, 2015 here.

Here you will find new and revisited interviews with the cover models and actors which grace the pages of thousands of romance novels.