Pamela Moore’s first book was published when she was 18 and became an international bestseller. Chocolates for Breakfast is the coming of age story of a girl named Courtney, shunted between boarding school and divorced parents in New York and Hollywood. The book portrays a privileged and jaded set who drink heavily and pride themselves on their sophistication. After a crush on one of her boarding school teachers leads to heartbreak, Courtney beds a bisexual Hollywood actor and a dissolute European aristocrat living out of a New York hotel. Chocolates for Breakfast includes discussion of homosexuality, gender roles and sexual exploration that was, especially for the era, uncommon.
The character of Sondra in the book is closely based on the author’s mother, Isabel Moore, an editor at Photoplay magazine who counted Joan Crawford and Marylyn Monroe among her acquaintances, and was the author of numerous books under her own and various pen names, including The Day the Communists Took Over America (Isabel Moore, 1961) ; The Sex Cure — Doctors who mix Medicine and Women (as Elaine Dorian, 1962) ; The Girl From Aquarius as Dani Lawrence, 1970) ; and many others.