It is with great honour that I share this interview with you. Dr Seuss is one of my favorite authors and I was thrilled when he contacted me to receive an advance copy of The Listen Lady and subsequently interview me. So without further delay…
Dr. Seuss: Did you write it in a house? Did you write it with a mouse?
Dr. Pettit: Um… ok…. Those are odd questions to start with but yeah, over the last year or so I wrote it in my house, at least most of it. Some parts were written in my backyard or while I was traveling. And in terms of the mouse, I tended to use the scroll pad on my laptop instead. A scroll pad isn’t nearly as efficient or comfortable as a mouse but I made it work.
Dr. Seuss: “Don’t give up! I believe in you all. A person’s a person, no matter how small! And you very small persons will not have to die. If you make yourselves heard! So come on, now, and TRY!”
Dr. Pettit: Your encouragement is very much appreciated but I’m really not that small. I’m five foot eleven. Regardless, I did try very hard. There were many occasions when I wasn’t sure ifI could finish writing the book but then I’d talk to some new people who were really curious about how social media research worked and they had nowhere to turn to get information. Those conversations would re-energize me and I’d be eager to get my hands on my laptop again. In no time at all, I’d be back on track.
Dr. Seuss: From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere.
Dr. Pettit: You’re too kind! I didn’t intend it to be a humorous novel but I did try to put funny little stories in here and then. Actually, when of the stories are drawn from real situations. Some of my colleagues might recognize a story or two. I know your focus is always the humour but I hope you enjoyed more than just the funny bits. I hope you enjoyed how I turned a social media research textbook into an interesting story, a story that anyone, regardless of their experience with research or baking can learn from.
Dr. Seuss: And that is a story that no one can beat, When I say that I saw it on Mulberry Street.
Dr. Pettit: Ok then… That’s great… I’m not sure what bookstore is on Mulberry Street but I’ll be sure to check it out. Thanks. I think.
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