Cover Model Week: Len Gunn

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As you all know, we are counting down the days to RT this year and what better way to do this than by bringing you…..the Cover Models!  Yes, they are a fun part of any conference and this week you’ll get to know some of them better.  Today we have the wonderful Len Gunn to kick things off.  You might be familiar with his face as he’s on the cover of A LOT of romance books in the past year.


Snow1How did you get started in the business of being a cover model? 

Through the RT convention in 2011 in LA.  It just took off from there.

You’ve done a lot of covers, a lot of those are cowboys. Do you have a favorite type of cover you like to shoot? 

I like to shoot the raw gritty down to earth blue collar look.  It just suits me and feels natural.

What was your best experience as Mr. Romance 2011? 

Being picked as the fan favorite!  To be voted the favorite by those that matter the most was an unbelievable honor.

How do you feel about stereotypes that usually fall on cover models? 

It’s necessary and for some guys well deserved, but also unfortunate for the bulk of us that are just genuine nice guys that really just enjoy the fact that we are thought so highly of that we would be able to grace a cover.

Tell us one fun photo shoot blooper or funny moment. 

I’ve not had any bloopers yet (crossing my fingers); every shoot has gone like clockwork.

What makes you nervous? 

Meeting new people believe it or not.

Have you ever had a disastrous interview? 

Yes, my first interview after winning Mr. Romance in 2011.  I unknowingly had my answers twisted to make me sound very chauvinist.  It was very unsettling and upset several of my fans as well as myself.

Is there anything about the opposite sex you just don’t understand or comprehend? 

There is quite a bit that I don’t understand about the opposite sex and have come to the conclusion that I am not supposed to…. That’s why they are different.

What do you like to read?

Dean Koontz; I like my reads to be possibly realistic with a bit of a far reaching possibility

What’s the most romantic thing you’ve ever done for a woman? 

Took her to NYC (she had never been) and made sure to go on a carriage ride through Central Park.

How do you handle your fans? 

With the utmost respect!  I have always felt that the way you treat someone is how you will be treated.  That being said, I have never encountered a bad interaction with a fan.

Quick Fire Questions

Any pets – Yes! A 10lb Boston Terrier named Butterscotch (female)
Favorite Movie – Fast and Furious
Favorite TV Show – CSI
Favorite Food – Reuben!
Coffee or tea? – Tea
Morning person or night owl? – Morning Person
Favorite sport – Baseball
Librarian or Sporty? – Sporty

Honor-BannonBrothers Sun,Sand,Sex

Where to find Len:

And of course….he will be at RT this year!

Here’s what we’re going to do during Cover Model Week.  We will pick a winner next week and lucky maiden will get to choose a book they want with one of the cover models we’ve featured on the cover 🙂  This is open internationally!


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Rosarita Reader

Very interesting, thanks for introducing us!


great interview!

Poison Rose

OH how fun!

I love this lead in to RT coming up. I’ve never been to a CON yet. *pouts*
I love how these gentlemen are so down to earth most of the time. Len seems like quite the catch for some lucky lady! *winks*

Patricia Melo

Such a professional and respecting man, they should all be like this. Luck for the future is what I wish and stay that way.


This is so fun! Thanks for the great spotlight 🙂

Amber H

What a great contest! nice interview! Thanks for sharing!

Betty Hamilton

Ummmm I just love drooling over the cover models!


I recognized Len on the cover of Kat Martin’s Midnight Sun.

Sue G.

Ooh, I like Sun, Sand, Sex!

Kelly Powell

Sounds awesome. Thanks!!!

Elizabeth P

this is definitely one of the best contests EVER!.. that being said, thank you for introducing us to these models 🙂

lisa w

Love the eyes on the Linda Lael Miller cover!

Carolyn Rhodes


Leanna h

This guy totally sells any book that he graces the cover. I love the new cover for Sun, Sand, Sex.


This was a great interview. I feel like we got to know the essence of him, professional and a genuinely nice guy. It’s nice to see and makes his covers that much more appealing (as if they weren’t already, lol). I’ve got Sun, Sand and Sex on my list to get 😉


Great interview and contest….thanks UTC ladies!!!

Soft Fuzzy Sweater

WHAT! Don’t we get to win a cover model, too? RATS! Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks.


Carol L

I really enjoyed the interview. He sounds like such a down to earth guy. Thanks for this great way to lead up to RT. I hope to make it there some day. 🙂
Anyway, thanks for this great opportunity.
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com


Beautiful book covers 🙂

Monica V.

Very good cover model! I’m sure he sells a lot of books.


This is such an awesome idea, and I have always wanted to know more about cover models 🙂

Chris Bails

I love cover models. He is a pretty sexy one. Don’t mind looking at his covers (or under his covers). LOL. Thanks for the giveaway.

Lori Meehan

He is yummy. Thanks for the giveaway.

Sophia Rose

I like meeting the personality behind the picture on the cover. Thanks for this fun opportunity. Len sounds nice.


I just wanted everyone to know that I make it a priority to always check feedback from my interviews. I truly appreciate the kind words from everyone; it’s always heartwarming to receive a complement! Everyone gets a smile and a warm feeling from such nice thoughts. Glad to hear that I translate well on the covers!!


To meet a cover model would be so great!


Oh and I love the quickfires…we have so much in common! Ok, maybe about six things so far, I drink coffee myself. 😉

Cynthia (aka Artemis)

What a shame that someone would spin Len’s interview that way. I’m hoping he put the word out to others to stay away from that person.

On the other hand. Today was opening day for baseball. Did your favorite team play? Mine did and they won – the Detroit Tigers!

Jessi Gage

Love this interview. And the covers. Len seems like a class act. I need to hit more romance cons and stalk…I mean meet some cover models.

Thanks for the fun post and the giveaway!


Thanks for the fun interview and thanks for the giveaway.

Sandy Lion

What a fun interview and what a great idea for an interview. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com


Love the interview! I like being able to learn a little bit about the man, instead of just drooling on the covers and thinking of them as objects. 😉

Jen B.

I like to read a little Dean Koontz once in a while. I can’t read too much or it creeps me out! I like to read out of the world, can’t be possible stories.

Diah Didi

Oh, God. I’ve been looking for his name since I’ve seen him on so many covers and I love some of them, and even bought couples of those books because of him! *lol
Thank you so much for having this interview! Awesome!