​​​Did you know...?

​  Randi's last name is pronounced      

   Mer-vus.  It rhymes with nervous.

  Maggie's dog Trooper is modeled

  after a dog named Charlie. Charlie

  was rescued by friends of Randi.  

  Charlie happily lives in Lexington,

  Kentucky, Mrvos' hometown.

  Randi took ballet and horseback  

  riding classes when she was  

  young.  She still takes ballet and  

  rides horses whenever she gets a  


  As a child Randi never owned a  

  pet.  Many years later, she and her     family adopted Ozzie Osmand  

  Stephan da Gato.  Ozzie is pictured  



  Randi loves to learn French.  She's

  been taking classes for four years

  and has visited France twice.  

​  Ooh, la, la!

​​​Randi was born in Louisville, Kentucky, home of the Louisville Slugger. Though she liked to write, her parents steered her toward the medical field.  Randi earned her degree in medical technology and worked at the University of Kentucky in the clinical chemistry laboratory. Twenty years later her daughter Abigail was born.  Randi and her husband Jim read picture books to Abby every night at bedtime.  Whether lyrical or funny, those beautifully illustrated stories stirred the long buried passion for writing.  Randi lives in Lexington with her husband and cat Ozzie. 

Randi Lynn Mrvos

Empower kids through story   

​​​​​​Randi Lynn Mrvos is the editor of Kid’s Imagination Train e-magazine, a former consultant to Pearson Digital Learning, and the former nonfiction editor of Stories for Children Magazine.   Her work has appeared in Know, Appleseeds, Nature Friend, and Highlights for Children as well as Mothering magazine and The Christian Science Monitor.  Randi is a member of SCBWI, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.  She has earned over thirty awards for her picture book manuscripts and has taught writing classes at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning in Lexington, Kentucky.  ​