Thursday, August 23, 2012

Interview with Gus Pelagatti, Author of The Wicked Wives

Gus Pelagatti is a practicing trial lawyer with over 47 years of experience trying civil and criminal cases including homicide.  He’s a member of the Million Dollar Advocate Forum, limited to attorneys who have been recognized as achieving a standard of excellence as a trial expert.  He has spent years researching the true story of the 1938 insurance scam murders, interviewing judges, lawyers, police and neighbors involved in the trials.

Gus was born and raised within blocks of the main conspirator’s tailor shop and the homes of many of the wives convicted of murdering their husbands.

His latest book is The Wicked Wives.

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I’ve been a criminal and civil trial attorney in Philadelphia for the past 48 years

Where did you grow up?


What is your fondest childhood memory?

Seeing the Philadelphia Phillies play for the first time in 1948

When did you begin writing?

While in law school.

Do you write during the day, at night or whenever you can sneak a few moments?

Evenings and week-ends.

What is this book about?

The Philadelphia 1938 arsenic scandals in which 17 wives were arrested for poisoning their spouses for insurance money.

What inspired you to write it?

My family had a home within two blocks of the main co-conspirator and some of the guilty wives.

Who is your biggest supporter?

Women between the ages of 25-75.

Are you a member of a critique group? If no, who provides feedback on your work?

My book editor.

Who is your favorite author?

Harold Robbins.

Do you have an agent or are you looking for one?

I’m looking for an agent.

Was the road to publication smooth sailing or a bumpy ride?

It was smooth sailing.

If you knew then, what you know now, is there anything you would have done differently?

Yes. I would have had more book reviews within the first few months after the book was published.

Do you have a video trailer to promote your book? If yes, where can readers find it?

What is the best investment you have made in promoting your book?

Obtaining reviewers.

What is one piece of advice you would like to share with aspiring authors everywhere?

Never give up!

What is up next for you?

The sequel to The Wicked Wives: Benito’s Gold.

Is there anything you would like to add?

Yes. I wish everyone happy reading in the future.

You can visit Gus’ website at

To get your paperback copy of  THE WICKED WIVES by Gus Pelagatti:

To purchase an e-copy of THE WICKED WIVES for your Kindle for $2.99:

To purchase an e-copy of THE WICKED WIVES for your Nook for $3.99:

Follow Gus Pelagatti on Twitter:

Like Gus Pelagatti on Facebook:

No comments: