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.
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 has a writer's blog called
Children's Writer's World where you
can get tips about writing and
publishing for kids. Click here: