Jennifer the Scribe, here.
So, I was wondering how many of you have looked at the cover of a romance novel and thought, “Man, where do they gets these guys?” The ripped muscles, blankless expressions, and perfect bods almost look computer generated, don’t they? Well, I’m here to tell you not so!
Our guest today on the Scribes is cover model Jason Baca, who has graced the cover of over 100 romance novels. I was lucky enough to get an interview with Jason, and yes ladies, I kept my hands to myself. But, isn’t he handsome:
JF: How long have you been modeling for book covers and how were you discovered?
Jason: Well, I have been modeling since 1997, but for the book covers since 2008. I actually went after the book covers on my own. For the regular modeling, I was discovered by a staff photographer in Bodega Bay, CA where I’d been a body double for one of the main actors in I Know What You Did Last Summer.
JF: Tell us what a typical shoot is like. How much knowledge of the book do you have prior to shooting the cover?
Jason: Most of the time I have 0 knowledge of how/what type of shoot this will be. They may tell me to bring some clothes or don’t shave a few days before. They often give me photo reference the day of the shoot as far as the posing goes. This helps me out a great deal so I know the look they want. Quite often they’ll want me expressionless.
A shoot can last anywhere from 2-6 hours. Some photographers will take thousands of photos of very similar poses of me and the female model. You get into awkward positions and hold a stance for a while. And at the same time you are having to flex your muscles to show the definition in the body. By the end of the shoot, I’m usually starved and beat tired from all the tensing up.
The shoots are very professional. I make sure to always bring the confident powerful side of me to the shoot since more often then not, they want a character that has that in them.
JF: Do you believe the cover helps sell a book?
Jason: Absolutely they do. Many times I’ve been in a bookstore and saw a cover of a book and just was completely turned off by it. It could have been the best read in the world too but if you don’t have a styling cover… forget it.
JF: What covers do you have out right now?
Jason: Well, there are currently 95 out there with about 6 pending. Lucky for me, I’ve worked with some pretty amazing graphic artists that have recreated my image and made me look better.
JF: If you could be on a cover for your “dream author” who would it be?
Jason: Gena Showalter. She has some awesome covers. It would be a big deal for me to be a part of her world.
JF: I know under all that muscles, lies a junk food junkie, right? Come on, tell us, what’s your favorite junk food?
Jason: I have a few actually… Jack & the Box Tacos, Mr.Goodbar, and my number 1 favorite.. Reese’s Peanut butter cups dark chocolate flavor.
Well Jason, I hope one day you can grace the cover of my book. Thanks so much for being a good sport and agreeing to be interviewed by the Scribes.
So, ladies, what questions do you have for Jason today?