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by Barbara Sheridan
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April 2000 Issue

Virtually Cover to Cover!

John Desalvo

Cover Model John DeSalvo appears on the covers of this issue's featured paranormal romance novels as well as on hundreds of others - from contemporary to historical, with his hair portrayed long, short, and even blond! Learn more about John's plans for the future in an interview with Barbara Sheridan.

An Interview with John DeSalvo

Barb S: A recent article said that you grew up in a rather tough area of the Bronx, which leads me to assume that modeling isn't something a lot of the guys did or thought of as a career. Can you tell us how and when you decided to model? How that led to doing romance covers?

John D: It wasn't such a bad area where I was growing up. But I wouldn't want to try and raise a family there now. Although my crew "The Lyvere Boys" was a pretty tough click to hang with. They always stood behind me, pushed me around at times but molded me into part of who I am today. As for modeling, I never thought of it as a career. My goals and expectations were Always higher! As you may already know I'm not your typical size 40 reg. model, so I never really excelled in that field. But met an agent that had a connected with a handful of studios that shoot the romance books.

Barb S: I've read that you've been on 1,500 covers. How many do you pose for per year on average? Has posing for romance covers gotten you to be a fan of the romance novel? If so do you have a favorite sub-genre---historical, paranormal, contemporary? Are there other Areas of fiction or non-fiction you enjoy?

John D: The illustrators and art directors have become more and more familiar with me over the years. So now I do about 200-250 covers per year. I am somewhat of a fan in romance, but from more of a creative stand point. I'm a little fascinated by the parts we all play (authors, artists, photographers and models) in creating the novels. Lets not forget the FANS!

Barb S: I've learned recently that you've begun to branch out into acting. Can you tell us which television shows or movies we might be seeing you in? Do you see yourself looking for parts of the romantic hero that we think of when we picture you or would you like to do comedy or action adventure roles?

John D: My first acting gig was with the late Chris Farley & Adam Sandler on SNL and you can catch it on SNL's 25th Aniv. Show (BlockBuster Video). Romantic Hero? Of course, there'll always be a love interest in just about every film you see, whether its comedy or action. But I would love the opportunity to set an example to the youth of America - to be intelligent, strong, and healthy - through action adventure!

Barb S: For a long time you were recognized for your long-haired look. Can you tell us what prompted you to cut it short and what kind of reaction have you gotten from the public? (I'm casting my vote here for the shorthaired John.)

John D: Being stereotyped, as a "Fabio" is not a good image to have as an actor. Cutting my hair was the best thing I've ever done. I can walk into a room and people will look at me more as a gentlemen who's well mannered and take me seriously. Instead of some kind of freak who has nothing more to offer than what you see! (That's their impression.)

Barb S: Has the shorter length of your hair made a difference in the type of covers you've been asked to do - contemporary over historical for example?

John D: Cutting my hair has made me more versatile in the industry. I do plenty of both. A good artist has no problem illustrating hair onto a character for historicals.

Barb S: Could you tell us a bit of the cover modeling process? Do you work with certain artists, so that if a publisher hires one of those artists they would also get you, or do they choose you specifically to model certain titles then choose the artist? Do the artists photograph the models then do the paintings or sketch and paint with you posing?

John D: The art director usually leaves it up to the artist. If you're a good model you'll help make everybody else's job easier. I do get a lot of requests, whether it's from authors, artists or the art directors. The artists usually have a pre-sketch of a particular pose sent by the art director. They shoot and then paint from the photograph. I am friends with a few artists and as friends they can always count on me!






The Readers Decide:

Which John D. look do you prefer?




Or is it that buff bod
that readers love?

("Personally I think it's those bedroom eyes.
They catch MY eye every time
!" -- Leslie T.)

Let us know what you think.
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Put "Favorite John D. Look"
in the subject line.

We'll let you know next month
what most readers think and
we'll pass it on to John.

Featured in this Issue:

Interviews with:
Ann Lawrence
Tracy Fobes
Cover Model: John DeSalvo
Special Feature: theCoverStory

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