Kevin Waltman is the son of Indiana basketball coaching legend Royce Waltman and grew up playing the game, immersed in its stories and language. No wonder his prose catches the rhythms and muscle of the game. Slump is the second—D-Bow’s sophomore year—in Waltman’s D-Bow's High School Hoops series. His junior and senior years will follow in 2015 and 2016. He lives in Coker with his wife Jessica, their daughter Calla, and their dog Henry. His first young adult novel, Nowhere Fast, was published by Scholastic in 2002, and his second, Learning the Game, was published by Scholastic in 2005.