Hi there everyone.
Recently my good friend John Quinlan has been sharing fabulous photos that have sent little sparks throughout my brain, sparks that I hope will turn into more from my favourite character ever, Benito. Now whether these sparks turn into a full length novel or just a series of short stories that I will share on here I don’t know but either way it is good to hear his voice again.
Now it would be unfair of me to speak of the fab pictures that John has been sharing but not share them with you so here you go…
Oh and before I go, thanks John, you rock!
P.S if you have no idea who Benito is you can find him in my novel Aphrodite’s Fire available now from Amazon.
Just a quick post to let you all know that I will be interviewing the fabulous John Quinlan again in September, I know he has some pretty exciting things happening in his life at the minute and I can’t wait to share with you all, but until then here’s a truly gorgeous picture of my wonderful friend for you to enjoy 😉
I first came across John Quinlan whilst stalking my fellow author Debra Anastasia. As soon as I saw him I was drawn to how he looked and so when I sat down to write Aphrodite’s Fire I knew instantly who would be the inspiration for my bad guy, Benito. After releasing the book I happened to tag John in a photo comment on Facebook and we began talking. Thankfully John is nothing at all like Benito, John is a truly lovely guy with a heart of gold. During a post Birmingham signing chat with John he agreed to be my very first interviewee (brave man lol) and this post is the result, enjoy…
John Quinlan (born John Joseph Quinlan October 30, 1974) in Winchester, Massachusetts, is a former American bodybuilder and professional wrestler who now works as a fitness model, fashion model, art model, and romance cover model. He is also a male underwear model. Quinlan has appeared in a variety of publications, including World Physique and Planet Muscle Magazine. Quinlan has appeared in gym video shoots and his image has been used online in many features and interviews. Quinlan has been referred to as the most tattooed male romance cover model in the world. In May 2013, John appeared as a newly featured Cover Model at the Romantic Times (RT) Convention in Kansas City, MO. John has since been featured on many book covers since his introduction to the world of Romance Novel Cover Modelling. In May 2015, Quinlan was a featured cover model at the RT Book Lovers Convention in Dallas, Texas.
S.J – Hi John, thank you for agreeing to do this, as you know this is a huge step outside my comfort zone so lets just jump right in with the first question. What drew you to male physique modelling and when did you know this was the right career for you?
J – had always been involved with fitness and modeling over the years so this was an extension of that. When I look back on my life years from now it will be great to say I did some pretty cool things as a result of hard work I put into my body.
S.J – Well all that hard work has definitely been worth it in my opinion 😉 Ok I’m not going to lie I’m pretty nervous about asking this next question, I’ve seen your Playgirl shots, but here goes… What runs through your mind whilst you are taking part in photo shoots?
J – SJ, it all depends on the type of shoot. If it’s more a physique and body shoot I have to concentrate a bit more on holding the right poses and taking my time a bit more to conserve energy. Those type of shoots require holding the poses and in very hot weather they can definitely wear a guy out. The ideal shoot is more of a fashion themed shoot in either a studio or outdoors where the temperature is just right wearing a jacket or top with jeans and doesn’t require the constant holding of poses like the kind I just mentioned.
J – I am always honoured when my image inspires a book character. I always try and give it my best because if any great author out there, such as yourself SJ, creates a character for his/her book based on John Quinlan it is special to me. The way I see it, if an author takes the time to base a character on my they should get my best to bring out the best in the character.
S.J – Aww you’ve just made me blush! Thank you John… Who has been the biggest influence in your life?
J – I don’t think at this point I can say one individual person as so many people have influenced me along my journey. So many people from around the world have shown me so much love and support that I just want to thank all those now for doing that. They really gave me strength and allowed me to continue and really feel good about what I was doing.
S.J – This question is from my little girl, Megan. Do you like to read and if so what type of books do you enjoy reading?
J – Well Megan this is a great question, I do love reading autobiographies because they allow me to get inside a person’s head and see how they went about being successful throughout their journey in whatever field they happened to be in. I love reading about the rags to riches stories about actors like Sylvester Stallone who was so poor he had to sell his dog because he couldn’t afford to feed him only to later on buy the dog back after the movie Rocky, which he wrote, took off. Truly inspiring to say the least.
S.J – Thank you for answering Meg’s question. On a similar theme what do you do to relax after a long day working out/shooting?
J – One thing is for sure, I rest! Shoots can really zap your energy, especially the ones in high heat or the workouts that were cardio based that day. Nothing feels better than an air conditioned room or even my car with the AC cranked up after a challenging shoot or workout. Just give me some water and a cool room to relax in after one of these adventures and I’m happy. Yes SJ, I might very well also fall asleep but I can fall asleep knowing I just gave it my best so I earned it.
S.J – Whilst we are talking about work, what piece of advice would you give to someone who was looking to step into the modelling world?
J – Be open minded and realize that success doesn’t come over night. Be open to constructive criticism as there is plenty of that which will be thrown your way as a model. Use what other people tell you to become better and take what they say as the tools which will keep you moving in the right direction towards success. Be consistant and never give up. Keep your goals fresh in your mind at all times because like I always say, “If you believe it, you can achieve it.”
S.J – If you could only choose six words to describe you, what would they be?
J – Focused, Driven, Caring, Emotional, Intense, Dependable
S.J – Finally, what does the future hold for you?
J – Only God knows that SJ, but I was selected by producer Jillian Bullock for a role in her 2016 film, ‘A Sense of Purpose: Fighting for Our Lives’ in Philadelphia. I play the role of Army Captain Nixon. Making the transition into acting is very exciting for me and I look forward to make a career out of this in the near future.
S.J – Oh wow that sounds good, I shall have to keep an eye out for the film and go see it on release. Well that’s it, thank you so much John for taking time out to chat with me and for agreeing to be my interview guinea pig 😉
J – SJ, thanks so much for interviewing me today. I was honoured to sit down here with such an amazing author as yourself. Much love & respect for you always.
S.J – Much love back to you John.
Find more from John by clicking the following links…
Since today is #WorldPoetryDay and #IndieBookDay I thought I would share this poem that was inspired by Benito from my book Aphrodite’s Fire.
Huge thanks must once again go to John Quinlan for being such a star allowing his image to be used for Benito.
Hope you enjoy, Cold Steel Eyes…
Stood in the dark
Waiting to see
If the vision he had
Would come to be
Would she do
As he had asked
And finally join
Him at last
Cold eyes trained
On the door
To the room
Knowing he would leave
If she didn’t come soon
Hand wrapped around
Smooth, solid shaft
Then at last
And in she walked
Moving quickly out of sight
Blade at her throat
Fear poured from her
On which he feasted
Knowing it was needed
For her to be treated
She fell to her knees
Legs slowly splayed
Her submission to him
The greatest gift
She was willing to learn
Ready to twist
Beneath his hand
Submitting to pain
As she screamed his name
Then he would teach
See how she would learn
To bring others to knees
And make them burn
For him it was pleasure
For her something more
She was the perfect way
To settle his score
Looking at her
Through cold, steel eyes
Hand around throat
Smothering her sighs
No fight did she give
Just sweet submission
His little blonde pet
Lust’s sweet ignition
Forced against wall
Clothes tore from her flesh
Used without remorse
Reliving his stress
When finally finished
Knowing she’d wait
The perfect pet
Soon he would have her
And his desires
Then he would see
The true glory of her fire
He could taste
Knew she was the one
To bring everything
To a perfect end.
© S.J Warner 2015.
Aphrodite’s Fire –
Lust and Lace –
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He had watched as the fool he worked for drove away, returning to his apartment only when the fancy car was no longer in sight. Sitting down on his couch he picked up his laptop. Looking at the information that appeared on the screen a smile played on his lips.
He really hadn’t expected to find anything with the small amount of information he had found in her purse but he had stumbled across a veritable gold mine. As his fingers tapped across the keys more and more information appeared before him.
He was sick of being a skivvy to Luca Bellomi. Don Armeo really needed to find out just how pathetic his nephew was but not just yet. It would soon be time but first he needed the love sick fool to use his looks and money to trap the little slut.
When the time was right he would play his hand but for now he would hold the information he had close to his chest. Soon the sexy little slut would be willing to do anything for him; he would make her beg for both hers and Luca’s lives.
Oh yes he was going to have so much fun playing with the little slut in front of the love struck fool that was going to hand her to him on a plate. The thought of what he would do to her out there in the barn made his cock harder than it had ever been.
Closing his eyes he popped the buttons on his pants, his hand wrapping tightly around his pulsing length, slowly and firmly he squeezed and stroked, images of her chained up and screaming flashed before his eyes, visions of the ordeal he would subject her to adding to his pleasure…
© S.J Warner 2014.
Huge thanks to John Quinlan for not only being the visual inspiration for Benito but also for being a true gentleman (unlike Benito lol). Having his support means the world to me and I will be forever grateful.
To find out more about John click on the following link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Quinlan_(wrestler)
He also has a Facebook page if you would all like to go give him a like – https://www.facebook.com/pages/John-Quinlan/109918015779005?fref=ts
If you enjoyed this then find more from Benito, Luca and Brandy/Serena in Aphrodite’s Fire available now from Amazon and Smashwords…
Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/523452