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Raff Ellis, a first generation Lebanese American, is a former computer industry executive and writer of many short stories, magazine articles, and essays. Cune Press, Seattle, Wash, has recently released Mr. Ellis’ first book Kisses from a Distance.
The book was born of the discovery, after her death in 1994, of correspondence, from family and friends in Lebanon his mother had saved over the years, dating back to 1925. After reading the letters several times, the notion that they would form the basis for a narrative took wing. An additional eight years of research and writing finally culminated in Kisses from a Distance.
The work chronicles the sociological problems endured by the people of Lebanon as lived through the experiences of three families. Also, by extension, the book examines the very ethos of the Lebanese people themselves.
Mr. Ellis has visited the Middle East many times, having traveled to Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Syria, and Lebanon. He has always been interested in, if not fascinated by, the history of his Lebanese ancestors and the environment from whence they came.
A graduate of LeMoyne College with a BS in Pure Science, Mr. Ellis also has a MBA from the University of Central Florida. He spent his entire business career in the computer industry, rising from the ranks of computer programmer to CEO of an Information Technology R & D firm in his last assignment.
Raff and his wife Loretta reside in Florida.