Syr Ruus was born in Tallinn, Estonia during the Second World War. As a small child, she escaped with her mother to Germany and subsequently immigrated to the United States. She has an MA in English and MS in Education and taught in the English Department of Illinois State University. She has lived in Crescent Beach, Nova Scotia since 1970, formerly working as an elementary school teacher while raising her three children and currently devoting herself full-time to writing. Her short fiction has appeared in anthologies and journals and in 2009 her novel "Lovesongs of Emmanuel Taggart" was published by Newfoundland's Breakwater Press.Publications
Lovesongs of Emmanuel Taggart. Breakwater Books, Newfoundland, 2009. ISBN 978-1-55081-263-3.
A Maritime Christmas. "Iron Duke". Nimbus Publishing, Halifax, 2008. ISBN 13:978-1-55109-685-8.
Home for Christmas. "Christmas in the Country". Goose Lane Editions, Fredericton, 1999. ISBN D-86492-269-8.
Taking Off the Tinsel. "Christmas in the Country". Rowan Books, Edmonton, 1996. ISBN 1-895836-19-0.
"Home" The Nashwaak Review (Vol 24/25) 2010.
"A Glimpse" TRANSITION (Fall 2010).
"Legacy" A Room of One's Own (Vol. 29, 1) 2006.
"Mr. Plum", The Windsor ReView (Vol. 39, No. 1), 2005.
Finalist for the Salty Ink Short Fiction Award, 2010 for Hazard.
Shortlisted for the Ken Klonsky Novella Award, 2010 for The Story of Gar.
Longlisted for ReLit Award, 2010 for Lovesongs of Emmanuel Taggart.
WFNS H.R. (Bill) Percy Prize, First Place, Novel, 2006 for Lovesongs of Emmanuel Taggart.
WFNS Joyce Barkhouse Prize, First Place, Children's Literature, 1994 for Edgar.