TODAY | March 19, 2014
>>> everybody knows benedict arnold that betrayed america and fled.
>> did you know arnold's wife peggy was the master mind behind the treason? we hear the incredible story in the best selling book "the traitor's wife."
>> it's based on a true story . you tell it so well. you weed in lots of characters. tell us the threat of the story.
>> absolutely. the raw history is something people are more or less familiar with. you know to be called benedict arnold is not a good thing. what people didn't know was that there was a juicy back story. his wife, beautiful, intelligent, charming young woman . the british spy was her former lover. it was a love triangle .
>> the way you tell it is so unique. you don't tell it through her perspective of his. you tell it through a third party.
>> peggy , the traitor's wife is the fascinating character you are seduced by and impulsed by. i don't want to tell it from her perspecti perspective. who would have better access to her? her maid.
>> the one that change as her drawers.
>> she's in the bedroom and watches the seduction with the spy.
>> she's a young girl that comes from nothing. she's dazzled by peggy , her beauty and wealth. she's important to the story.
>> she has to stand up for herself.
>> what's fascinating about you -- i was wondering if you read a lot. i loved how you went off in the woods, were an observer, a bookworm.
>> absolutely. that's how i was inspired to write this story. when benedict and peggy were plotting this treason that would have ended the revolution. i grew up in their hometown. when i was in the area and discovered hey, he had a wife that was actually a more interesting character, i thought that's a really good book.
>> you were outside in the woods. there's a sign or something that says benedict's route?
>> that's crazy.
>> yeah. there was a beautiful portrait of peggy on the historical marker next to it with this hair do and beautiful ball gown. it was drawn by the spy. i thought why is his wife drawn by his conspirator?
>> she was a shut. every great novel needs a good shut.
>> what does your dad think of the book?
>> he's a character obviously.
>> what was fun is he's such a history buff. he always taught me history growing up. it was fun to teach him something. we both love that.
>> he's so supportive.
>> where's you're mom today?
>> she's watching.
>> hi mom. i know it will be made into a motion picture . we're excited. so good.
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