Ashley Prentice Norton on The Chocolate Money | Tantorious

Tantorious is a semi-monthly podcast series featuring interviews with well-known authors, hosted by Allan Hoving and presented by Tantor Audio.

Ashley Prentice Norton is a graduate of Exeter, Georgetown, and the Creative Writing B1137 ChocolateMoney D small Ashley Prentice Norton on The Chocolate Money | TantoriousProgram at New York University. The Chocolate Money is her first novel. It explores the relationship between an heiress and her sensitive young daughter.

Excerpts from the audio interview:

Q: Is your personal background as a Rockefeller relevant to this book?

A: Yes and no. I did grow up with an unorthodox upbringing and my mother was sort of a renegade in the Seventies. But 80 percent of the novel is fiction. I was also interested in exploring the relationship to wealth and how American fortunes are tied to commodities and cash rather than to land and nobility as in Europe.

Q: What are you most proud of about the novel?

A: Creating a character’s voice and being able to maintain it. Both Babs and Bettina have very specific voices. Bettina starts out as a ten-year-old and matures into a sixteen-year-old, and to write from the voice of a child can be a challenge. Babs also has a very specific way of talking and thinking and she really pops off the page. They’re a really good contrast to each other but there’s also this symbiotic relationship that they have.

Listen to a sample of the Tantor audiobook edition of The Chocolate Money, narrated by Tavia Gilbert.

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