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 for over twenty years. In 1995, her daughter Abigail was born. When Abby was a baby, Randi and her husband Jim read picture books to her every night at bedtime. Whether lyrical or funny, those beautifully illustrated stories stirred Randi's 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.
In Mrvos' book
Maggie and the Summer Vacation
Show-and-Tell, Maggie's dog Trooper
is modeled after a dog named Charlie.
Charlie was rescued by friends of Randi
and he lived in Lexington, Kentucky,
Randi took ballet lessons and horseback
riding classes when she was young.
She takes ballet every week
and rides horses
whenever she gets a chance.
As a child Randi never owned a
pet. Many years later, she and her
family adopted a cat they named
Ozzie Osmand Stephan da Gato.
Randi loves to learn French. She's
been taking classes for five years
and has visited France twice.
Randi has two blogs: