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by Heidi Loeb Hegerich
Since I was in my mid-20s, people told me I should write my life story. Well, I did a LOT more living — several decades worth — before I finally set down to pen my memoir — if for nothing else, to get the nagging requests to end! But as I started off into the painful ultra-marathon of writing my story, I saw the artistic need to turn it into a novel. This allowed me to compress the events of my life into a readable narrative, and to employ poetic license where needed. I ended up wanting to tell a universal love story, as well pen a historical novel of the 1960s. I wanted, in short, to create something much larger than my own life. The result is the memoir novel LOVE TARGET.
I delved into my memory banks to write LOVE TARGET. For most of us, the events of our pasts are stored up in our brains, and just need the proper triggers or inspirations to unlock them, down to the minutest details. A friend’s voice and manner of speech. The physical layout of a street — and the feel of the street. The sensations of fleeing the scene of a drive-by shooting. The smells of a packed New York subway car at rush hour. They were all up there in my head. The process of releasing these memories and committing them to print was always mentally exhausting!
4. What expertise did you bring to your writing?
We are all experts on our own lives! At least, if we face up to the truths we learn along the way, rather than live in a make-believe story rooted in self-delusion and denial.
My first attempt at writing my book ended up with 70 pages crumpled up in my kitchen sink – and set on fire and burned to ashes. It took several years for me to force myself to sit down and start all over again.
My adventurous spirit has put me at risk, over and over again, in life, but also afforded me amazing new experiences — such as writing a novel. Publishing LOVE TARGET has forced me into new adventures – such as being interviewed by print and television journalists. This has been a bit frightening for me – I am very shy in front of an audience, or even with strangers in a social setting – but it’s gratifying to overcome one’s fears and say, “Hey, I did it!”
I have the sequel to LOVE TARGET pretty much finished. It’s in the editing phase. The sequel takes readers to places most have never been – war zones such as Kabul, Afghanistan, and even to the mist-shrouded past of Merlin and Morgan Le Fay. I won’t spoil the surprises by saying anything more.
I guess I would be Ingrid Liebschreiber. After all, most women have a bit of Ingrid in us — romantic dreamers but hardened realists, independent but craving intimacy, responsible yet with a naughty streak.
Jennifer Lawrence as Ingrid.
Adam Sandler or Ben Stiller as David Lowenstein.
Nicolas Cage as Armand.
I hate failure. After my first attempt at writing ended up with me burning the pages in my kitchen sink, my urge to write my book never quite died away. The ember smoldered. And, of course, the nagging from family and friends persisted, as it had for all those years prior.
So I finally forced myself to proceed, hoping that the muse would materialize and guide me.
The best advice, from my editor, was to follow my instinct and write my story in novel form. With his guidance, I found a hook with which to begin the narrative, and then carried it through to a specific point before then going back in time to my birth and carrying the story forward up to the point where the hook happened, and then onward to its conclusion.
Another great piece of advice came from a professional reader who recommended ending the book with the natural conclusion of the love story. That meant cutting out the entire second half of the book, which I subsequently reshaped to become the sequel.
The worst advice came from a friend who thought it was “stupid” to write a novel instead of an autobiography, and also said the story should start with my birth and carry on chronologically. I should point out that this friend has read all of one novel in his life.
The key to my successful completion of my novel was creating a chapter outline, with the help of my editor. An outline, after all, is like a blueprint for a building. Without the plan in place, you could end up with a structurally unsound and aesthetically hideous creation. Or – in the case of my initial attempt – paper ashes in the kitchen sink.
Yes, as said above, the sequel to LOVE TARGET is nearly finished.
Actor: Marlon Brando. Just like Ingrid does in LOVE TARGET, I had a mad crush on Brando, beginning when I was a teenager in Germany, watching American movies, and seeing him on the screen — those biceps, that dark hair, that moodiness, that simmering rage ready to explode. That dangerous pout.
Actress? Audrey Hepburn. Also, Jennifer Lawrence. I hope J-Law reads this interview and will want to play Ingrid Liebschreiber in the movie of LOVE TARGET! (You can’t blame me for dreaming, can you?)
There are several black moments, predicaments that crush Ingrid’s spirit and seem hopeless, that trigger turning points. I will speak of one here: when Ingrid despairs of ever finding a true, lasting love, and wonders if “happily ever after” is just a fairy tale. A bit of magic — real magic — is employed to resolve her condition.
I’ve discovered — as first-time authors do — that it’s even harder making the world aware of your book than it was writing the book. So, thank you from the bottom of my heart for letting your readers know about LOVE TARGET, which is available In paperback and hardback and Kindle at www.lovetarget.com, as well as on www.amazon.com.
The book is also available in German at http://www.heypublishing.com/
Teenager Ingrid Liebschreiber is devastated when her parents move the family from their native Munich to Los Angeles in the late 1950s. Homesick, she accepts a neighbor’s offer to get her a job as a showgirl in Las Vegas.
Intent on earning enough money to return to Germany, she must grow up quickly in the neon jungle – where she is pursued by high rollers and headliners, including a vacationing Elvis.
Life’s twists and turns land Ingrid in New York in the Swinging 1960s – where she is romanced by Armand: a strong, quiet, handsome businessman in “construction.” Most girls dream of Mr. Right, and Ingrid’s hard-won independence is challenged when she falls in love.
Will she find true romance – a man who can love her as much as she loves him? Or is “happily ever after” just a crazy fairytale?
The witch stared past me, lost in thought. Then she shook her head.
“I don’t know,” she began, haltingly. “There will be a man, a husband. Somebody that you’ve known. Somebody” — her voice rose — “with dark hair! And . . . eyes that are lighter. Maybe blue.”
“I don’t know who this man could be,” I said to the witch.
“Trust me,” she said confidently. “Do you have any photographs in your wallet of who this man could be?”
I didn’t have a photo of David. But it didn’t matter, since he was married.
I fished out a photograph of Armand.
The witch held it up in her crooked fingers in front of her hooked nose. She twisted her neck, turning her head this way and that, peering curiously at the photo from different angles.
She handed it back.
“You should have never been with this man!”
I shrugged. “I wish I knew who this mystery man could be.”
“It is not important,” the witch said. “You will know in good time. You can bring him into your life. And I want you to do something.”
She rummaged on a shelf and removed several objects.
“Take these two candles. Write an affirmation on a slip of paper saying that you will be with this man with dark hair that you’ve known. Then put the paper between the candles, and melt the candles together. Light each one, and when they’re soft, mold them together.”
I took the candles. Well, it couldn’t hurt to try. Might even be fun.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Heidi Loeb Hegerich has lived in places as varied as Munich, Las Vegas, Miami Beach, New York, Los Angeles, Squaw Valley and Reno. She has worked variously as a showgirl, business executive, entrepreneur, interior designer and real estate developer. She has traveled to six of the seven continents, and vacationed in spots as different as the French Riviera, the Andes and Afghanistan. She counts among her hobbies weight training, shooting assault rifles, and racing sand rails; she found skydiving entertaining but not as much of a rush as other pursuits.
A philanthropist for the arts, among other causes, Hegerich is now embarking on her own artistic quest as an author. The novel Love Target is her first book.
Book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4E9UULoZNU
Robin Leach book review in Las Vegas Sun newspaper: http://www.lasvegassun.com/vegasdeluxe/2015/jan/13/love-target-showgirl-reveals-elvis-pregnancy-swing/?utm_source=mostpopular&utm_medium=banner&utm_campaign=mostRead
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