Allison Gutknecht

Allison Gutknecht grew up in Voorhees, New Jersey, with three fewer siblings than Mandy Berr. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, she earned her Master’s degree in Children’s Media and Literature from NYU. Allison lives in New York City with her rambunctious toy poodle, Gypsy, and her literate cat, Folly. She is a massive fan of polka dots.

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. A little bit of nonsense goes a long way.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. I've had the same two best friends since sixth grade, and in the words of Mandy, they are two of my "most favorite people in the world, at least most of the time."

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Broadway diva. Unfortunately, I am just short of being "tone deaf with two left feet."

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. The ability to play music by ear

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Since I've had teeth, my favorite meal has been noodles with butter, no parsley. To this day, if I don't eat pasta multiple times a week, I get twitchy (and I still hate parsley).

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