Mia Kankimäki (born 1971) is the author of two best-selling books which blend travelogue, memoir, biography and women’s history. She has graduated in comparative literature at the University of Helsinki, and worked as an editor and copywriter. Her first book, Things That Make One’s Heart Beat Faster (2013) took her to Kyoto in search of Sei Shonagon, a Japanese court lady and writer who lived a thousand years ago. Her second book, The Women I Think About At Night (2018) was inspired by her travels in the footsteps of inspirational, historical female figures in Tanzania, Kenya, Italy, and Japan. She currently lives in Helsinki, Finland.