Raff Ellis, a former computer industry business executive, whose writing credits include many short stories, magazine articles, columns, essays and three books.
Ellis' first full length book, Kisses from a Distance, published in 2007 by Cune Press, Seattle, WA, was nominated for a National Book Award and won the prize for adult non-fiction given by the AANM of Dearborn, MI.
His second work, Dam Foolishness, also published by Cune Press in 2011, is a memoir about growing up in small town America. This work has often been greeted with accolades for Mr. Ellis' storytelling ability.
Ellis' most recent effort, The Bishop's Curse, (Prolix Press LLC, 2012), was the culmination of over twenty years of sporadically researching and collecting information about the 150 year-old story he first heard as a youth growing up in Carthage, New York. His research took him to libraries and historical centers across northern and central New York as he acquired histories of the period, biographies of church personages, archival letters of the principals involved, and material scanned from microfilms of old newspapers.
Raff Ellis is a graduate of LeMoyne College with a BS in Pure Science and also holds 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.
Mr. Ellis, along with his wife Loretta, their dog Abla, and two cats, Lenny and George (apologies to Of Mice and Men), reside in Central Florida.
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VideosKisses from a Distance
A brief synopsis of the bookThe Bishop's Curse
The year was 1860 and while the nation teetered on the brink of the great Civil War, another albeit smaller rebellion had broken into the open in the little town of Carthage, NY. Given the gravity of former, the latter squabble seemed insignificant except to the mid-19th Century Irish Catholic church members of St. James Parish. For them it was a serious life-changing event that they believed put them in danger of losing their very souls.
Dam foolishness is a series of recollections of the author's life growing up in small-town America. The characters he encountered along the way are incorporated into a number of entertaining short stories that are both humorous and poignant. Many readers have said they were reminded of their own experiences in the towns where they grew up.
The Bishop's Curse
The year was 1860 and while the nation teetered on the brink of the great Civil War, another albeit smaller rebellion had broken into the open in the little town of Carthage, NY. Given the gravity of former, the latter squabble seemed insignificant except to the mid-19th Century Irish Catholic church members of St. James Parish. For them it was a serious life-changing event that they believed put
Kisses from a Distance
Kisses from a Distance is an engaging, true story that examines the Lebanese ethos through the lives and travails of three families before and after immigration to America.
The tale begins in 1895 at a remote convent in the mountains of Lebanon where a young postulant, the author’s grandmother, is abducted and given into an unanticipated, and unwanted, marriage.
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