Character Talk Tuesday-Ethan Charm

Welcome, introduce yourself.

I’m Ethan Charm. I moved here to Peakview with my mom last fall. I’m fifteen and a freshman at Mountain High School.

What activities are you involved in?

I’m a runner, so I’m on the high school’s cross country and track teams. At first it was hard running at such a high altitude with my asthma, but I’m getting more use to it now. The elevation is much higher than where we came from in Nebraska.

How do you like Peakview?

It’s great. I’ve made a lot of friends. Everyone is very down to earth and friendly. I like being at a rural school. Now that mom and Jake are married, I love living on our ranch. We have so many animals. I love them all, but my favorite it my cat, Carrie. I was there the day she was born. She was the runt of the litter, but what she lacks in size, she makes up for in personality.

What are you doing for the summer?

I help Jake around the ranch and I’ve been working part time for Jerry at Heart’s Haven doing some repair work and trimming of trees and lawn stuff. I like it. It’s good to be outdoors in the mountains in the summer. In my spare time, I like to fish and hang out with the cross country guys. We have practices all summer, so running continues. I’ll go back to Nebraska for a couple of weeks with my dad, but I’ll be ready to come back. This town really does feel like home.

Published again!

the cat did whatAs a new writer I am still working on my first novel, but am happy to announce that I have yet another Chicken Soup for the Soul story now in print!  This is the third story that I have had published by them in the past year, so I must be doing something right.  My story The nine lives of Smokey came out today in their latest book “The Cat Did What?”  It is the true story of my beloved cat named Smokey, who survived against all odds a high level of smoke damage when he was trapped in a burning house. (And yes, his name really was Smokey years before the fire). He proved the age old saying that cats really do have nine lives! This amazing book, royalties of which support the American Humane Association, is now available in book stores everywhere.  Besides my awesome story (page 57) you wont want to miss the 100 other heartwarming stories about cats who have touched our lives and the forward written by Miranda Lambert. I am so honored to be a part of the Chicken Soup for the Soul family and hope to continue to have stories published in their inspiring books!

Quote from my story– Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish–John Quincy Adams