Alice Ross Colver began writing during World War I, and sold her first book, the juvenile novel Babs, in 1918. It became the first of several popular series of novels aimed at teenage girls. Later characters around whom series were based included Jeanne (1920-1923) and Joan Foster, beginning with Joan Foster, Freshman (1942), and ending with Joan Foster, Bride (1952). She also published romance novels for adults, plus several historical novels, and three nonfiction books. Among her pen names were Mary Randall and Alice Mary Ross. Altogether she wrote more than 60 books.