J. Suthern Hicks was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. Shortly after his birth he moved with his parents to Thailand where his father was stationed in the United States Army. Thai became his first language, and when he returned to Arkansas at age five, he quickly learned to speak English-with a southern accent. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California where he has written several plays, including the acclaimed "Turtle Tears," which received accolades in 1995 from the Los Angeles Times, and Critics' Choice from the LA Weekly. His academic article, "Television theme songs: A content analysis," was published in "Popular Music and Society" while he was still a graduate student. In January 2013, the band "Seven Years" recorded a collection of his songs which are now on iTunes. Mr. Hicks' children's book, "Charlie and Chocolate's Purrfect Prayer," was published in 2014.