Elisabetta Dami (Italy) Author of children’s fiction Author of: Geronimo Stilton & Thea Stilton series Elisabetta Dami at the age of thirteen started out in the publishing world as a proofreader for the family business and at nineteen she wrote her first short stories. She started then working as a writer and publisher. As an adventure lover, she got her aircraft pilot and parachutist licences aged 20, and at 24 she travelled around the world on her own and completed a famous survival course at the Outward Bound School in Maine, in the United States. Her experience as a volunteer with pediatric hospitals suggested her the idea of writing adventure stories featuring a mouse called Geronimo Stilton as protagonist. These stories went on to become a famous publishing sensation in Italy and internationally. Since then Geronimo Stilton’s stories have been translated into more than 49 languages[ and have sold more than 180 million copies all over the world. On July 2019, the Geronimo Stilton Foundation (GSF) has been established, with the purpose of supporting children’ health and education.