Elisabetta Dami, an Italian author born in Milan in 1958, wrote the Geronimo Stilton series of children's books. She began as a proofreader at her father's publishing house and began writing at an early age. The Geronimo Stilton series of books features a protagonist mouse, Geronimo Stilton, who goes on numerous adventures and uses his positive qualities, and at times his more negative qualities, to overcome the obstacles he faces.
Geronimo Stilton, a mouse who acts as the protagonist in Dami's series of fantasy stories, is not a typical heroic character. He is often frightened of challenges and makes humorous mistakes. He does not resort to violence when facing enemies or opponents in his stories but instead uses his wit and competitive style to thwart them and outsmart them. Author Elisabetta Dami aimed to show children who read her stories that courage can be achieved and possessed by those who face their fears and overcome them. Dami also sought to display multicultural ethics in a positive light, as Geronimo Stilton lives in a "multiethnic" society. The equality that her character seeks and believes in applies to both male and female characters as well. The character's open-mindedness is a reflection of what Elisabetta Dami desired to portray through her more than 100 published children's books, which have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide.