Thomas Pletzinger, born in 1975, grew up in the basketball town of Hagen and spent his entire youth in gymnasiums. He did not pursue a professional career, but instead studied American Studies in Hamburg and at the German Literature Institute in Leipzig. His debut novel 'Bestattung eines Hundes' (Burial of a Dog) was published in 2008, after which he accompanied the professional basketball players of Alba Berlin for a year for his non-fiction book 'Gentlemen, wir leben am Abgrund' (Gentlemen, We Live at the Abyss) (2012). Most recently, he received the Berthold Leibinger Foundation's Comic Book Prize and the German Literature Fund's working scholarship for his work. He lives in Berlin with his wife and three daughters and works as an author, journalist and translator.