About the Author

Meet Patti Sheehy

So here I am, surprised to be called a novelist at this stage in my life.  I am very humbled that the great folks at Oceanview Publishing have found The Boy Who Said No worthy of publication. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

I love to write, and when I do I get completely lost in the process.  That doesn’t mean that I can’t find a thousand reasons not to write, especially if I’m unsure of how to frame the narrative.  I usually write in the morning in my second-floor office that I share with my husband. I live in an old colonial house and have three windows that overlook the treetops, which allows me to stare into space if need be.

I write one chapter at a time.  I usually write in the morning when I am fresh and edit what I’ve written in the afternoon.  I often print out a hard copy and continue to edit the material while watching television at night. The next day I make more edits until I’m satisfied with the shape of the material.

I do additional editing when several chapters are complete and then edit, edit, edit until I’m reasonably sure that I’ve caught most of my errors.   I’m always amazed at all the things that need fixing, even after I’ve been over the material a zillion times.

Most of my career was spent in corporate and marketing communications, which demanded its share of writing.  But I’ve never tackled anything as ambitious as writing a novel.  Having Frank Mederos provide me with the story line of The Boy Who Said No was an amazing help and a great privilege.  I look forward to working with him in the future.

I am fortunate to live with Robert Hunter, supportive husband extraordinaire.  I could never have written this book without all the things he does for me on a daily basis.

I’m thrilled to be able to share the story of The Boy Who Said No and I’d love to hear your thoughts on this exciting tale.


The Boy Who Said No is a beautifully written story of love, friendship and adventure. I thoroughly enjoyed the descriptions of Cuban...
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“In The Boy Who Said No Frank Mederos exhibits uncommon courage in making his way to freedom. Against great odds he manages...
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Author Interview

Q. When did you start writing?

A. When I got out of college, I took a job as assistant to the president of a small Manhattan public relations firm.  Our clients included many of the nation’s top magazines. I nagged the president for the opportunity to write press releases, but he refused saying, “Everybody thinks they can write, but very few people can.”

Once, when he was out sick, I took it upon myself to write a press release on a breaking political story.  It was picked up by all major media outlets...

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About the Author

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