Monday, May 11, 2015

Love Target by Heidi Loeb Hegerich: Interview with Excerpt

Welcome!  Thank you for agreeing to stop by and answer a few questions.  How did you start your writing career?
Since my mid-20s people have told me I need to write a book about my life. Finally, decades later, I sat down and took a stab at it. Then I hired an editor to help me organize and shape the manuscript. Once I was that far along — I forced myself to finish the project. It took about two years to complete the manuscript for Love Target. Now it’s getting media attention, has been picked up by a German publisher for a translated version, and the sequel is in the editing stage. I still can’t believe I’ve embarked on a writing career!

Does travel play in the writing of your books?
Yes! I have incurable wanderlust. Love Target follows the lead character, Ingrid’s, journey from Germany to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami Beach, New York, back to Vegas and Los Angeles, and to Lake Tahoe. The sequel includes wild journeys to such destinations as Teheran, Iran, and war-torn Kabul, Afghanistan, as well as ancient Europe (not to give away the plot).

Tell us about your current release.
Love Target is a memoir novel — a romance, and a historical novel — set in the swinging 1960s, chronicling the adventures and misadventures of a young German immigrant, Ingrid Liebschreiber, coming of age while pursued by endless men attracted by her youth and innocence and status as a showgirl. Will she ever find true love? Love Target is a fast, fun read available at or on in hardback, paperback and Kindle. A book trailer is Here.

What was the scariest moment of your life?
Love Target is closely tied to the experiences of my own life. My other brushes with death include two car crashes: a desert rollover that left the vehicle like a crunched accordion, and a Manhattan smashup that left me in a coma. Each involved a sickening moment of terror before the blackout. Then there was a tense drug deal in a Third World country, when I was an impoverished single mother desperate for cash, and suddenly realized I could be instantly killed like a fly. And there was a random shoot-up in a bar in Watts that I had foolishly accompanied a friend to. But perhaps the most terrifying moment was when I was 16, an underage showgirl in Las Vegas, frozen with fright backstage as the orchestra struck and I was supposed to go on. You can read about that in Love Target.

Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?
There is a little bit of Ingrid in most women. In the swinging 1960s, she was both sexy and independent before that was popular.

Is there one passage in your book that you feel gets to the heart of your book and would encourage people to read it? If so, can you share it?

The moment they became your lover, they became lunatics.
Maybe it was crazy of me to even want to be with one.

“Happily ever after” — was it just a demented fairy tale?

Love Target
by Heidi Loeb Hegerich


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?

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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.

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Robin Leach book review in Las Vegas Sun newspaper


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