Teddy Roosevelt’s Goblin

TEDDY ROOSEVELT and his hunting companions battle a creature unlike anything they’ve encountered.

The year is 1888. Teddy Roosevelt is twenty-nine, vigorous, and an avid hunter. Donning buckskins and carrying a repeating rifle, he’s tracked and killed nearly every big game species in the continental United States. Now, he’s after caribou.

But things aren’t what they seem. This isn’t your typical Bigfoot story. In a desperate final confrontation, Teddy Roosevelt’s goblin will be revealed. If you’re a fan of suspenseful stories that blend history and adventure with folklore and myth, then you won’t want to miss this riveting novel.

Available on Amazon.

About the author

(See also his Idaho Author Interview!)

My stories take place in the Gem State and feature characters, plots, events, and themes centered on Idaho’s past and present.

As a middle-aged lifelong resident of Idaho, I’ve had a wide range of experiences. In my youth, I worked on farms and in construction. My favorite pastimes were hiking, hunting, fishing, searching for arrowheads, and writing stories in secret. In my mid-twenties, I enrolled in college and earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Anthropology. I used my degrees to become a field archaeologist for the BLM and private firms.

For over a decade, I lived the life of a “shovelbum,” a term affectionately used for traveling archaeologists. I worked on projects across Idaho, California, Texas, and Oregon. Eventually, I transitioned to an English Language Arts teacher. I taught at-risk teenagers in Mountain Home for four years before deciding to stay home to care for my infant daughter.

The isolation brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic led me to start writing in earnest. My wife challenged me to publish my stories, and I’ve been working hard at it ever since. I completed my first story, “Teddy Roosevelt’s Goblin,” in 2020 and self-published it on Amazon. After receiving positive reviews and useful feedback from readers, I reworked the title, story, and cover and released a new edition on May 16th, 2024.

Joe IDAHO

He has published two novels: Two-Faced Wolf and Teddy Roosevelt’s  Goblin: A Bigfoot Story. His books are action and adventure thrillers, social commentary, and contemporary and historical fiction.

Teddy Roosevelt’s Goblin: A Bigfoot Story delves into themes of cryptozoology.

Do you have a writing routine? Where and when do you write?

Writing is a daily habit for me—an addiction if I’m being honest. I’ve had a serious case of hidden graphomania since the third grade. I write whenever I find a quiet moment, very early in the morning or late at night.

I’m a stay-at-home dad. My daughter comes first, and my writing second. 

Do you have any patterns or rituals associated with your writing time?

When I write, I take about a half hour or more to think about what I want to accomplish. I then put myself in the story and try to see each character’s perspective from behind their eyes.

What do you do when you hit a wall with your writing?

When I hit a wall on a story, I take a day or two off and work on another project. It helps clear my mind before I return to where I left off. 

Do you plan your book in advance (plotting and outlining) or are you a “discovery writer” (AKA “writing into the dark”)? Or are you somewhere in between? 

I’m somewhere in between. My stories come to me when I read or see something inspiring. I try to build upon ideas and create a story skeleton then I free-write until things get fleshed out. I create dialogue organically and cut and modify what does not work. 

What’s the last book you read that made you go “wow!”?

The last book I read that really made me say “wow!” was Berlin Dance of Death by Helmut Altner. Altner was a German teenager conscripted by the Nazis in the final days of World War 2 and forced to take part in the final battle for Berlin in 1945. His straightforward writing style and vivid descriptions of the futility of war will always be with me.

What book or author do you find yourself recommending and why?

I constantly recommend The Sand Pebbles by Richard Mckenna. It’s a story that blends history and fiction with complex characters who have incongruent worldviews. McKenna was born in my hometown, Mountain Home, Idaho.

My high school English teacher recommended  I read it after I told them, “No one from our town has ever written anything famous.” 

What’s on your To Be Read pile?

My To Be Read pile consists of books from Idaho authors. I plan to read:

  • White Boy on the Rez: Mostly True Stories about Coming of Age on the World’s Best Reservation in 1980’s North Idaho by Joe Mitchel
  • Echoes from the Hills of Idaho by Ruth Butler
  • Idaho: A Novel by Emily Ruskovich

What advice do you have for readers?

My advice to readers is to give different or nonstandard writing styles a chance. I write my Joe IDAHO stories in the present tense, which people either love or hate. It wasn’t until I gave the style a second chance myself that I came to appreciate and prefer it. 

What author, past or present, would you wish to have a long conversation with? Why?

I would like to have a conversation with Kurt Vonnegut, the author of Slaughterhouse Five. His journey as a writer and human being has always intrigued me. It amazes me how a person who went through so much and saw so much destruction could form the worldview he did. He found humor in places you should never find humor. 

Do you have early memories of reading or writing you’d like to share?

My earliest memory of reading is hearing my mother read the Bible stories and Grimms’ Fairy Tales. She made the stories come alive. I remember seeing the words on the pages and telling myself that someday I would be able to read and that I would write my own stories. 

What books and/or authors have most influenced you as an author?

The authors who have influenced me the most are Michael Crichton, Vardis Fisher, Flannery O’Connor, Charles Dickens, and Jack London. In particular, Dickens’s use of the present tense really resonates with me as a writer. 

What do you most enjoy about being a writer? What do least enjoy about being a writer?

The thing I enjoy the most about being a writer is finishing my stories and seeing how readers react to them. There is no better feeling than when a reader understands a story I’ve created. What I enjoy least about writing is the time it takes to complete a project. 

What would you tell a new writer?

The advice I would give to new writers is to never wait to get started and never be afraid. I spent years thinking I had to accomplish this or that before writing, such as finding a steady job or finishing college, when I should have just started. For decades, I was afraid to put myself out there as a writer when I should have charged forward. 

Find Joe IDAHO online

How Do You Idaho?

Rick Just, Idaho historian and author of numerous books, has just released a definitive guide to How To Be An Idahoan — The Idaho Conversion Kit.

This is the second book in his Speaking of Idaho history series. The Idaho Conversion Kit is a tongue-in-cheek instruction manual on becoming an Idahoan in ten easy steps.

One step is a pronunciation guide to Idaho place names, the first of its kind since 1975. Readers will learn how Idaho got its shape, which Idahoans were notorious enough to have nicknames, the Idaho connections of famous people, and much more.

Oh, and you’ll never use the term “glove compartment” again.

Available on Amazon, or purchase a signed copy from the author (scroll down on this page).

Podcast: Murder in Idaho

It’s called “Ghosts and Garnets” and at last count there were forty-three episodes running mostly around forty minutes.

Who knew there was so much fertile ground for discussing murder in Idaho. But then, on the other hand…

Hat tip to the BSU/NPR newsletter for alerting us to this free podcast.

Photo by David von Diemar on Unsplash

Hover Point

When America’s most-celebrated TV newscaster begins broadcasting the nightly network news not from a major city studio but from a ranch in Southwest Idaho, he jeopardizes his marriage, uncovers small town secrets, encounters dangers and discovers much about nature and about himself.

Filled with intriguing characters, philosophical observations, lyrical writing and humor, HOVER POINT raises the tantalizing questions:

  • Where do you feel most at home?
  • And how well do you know your neighbors?

Hover Point is available at many of your favorite booksellers including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Rediscovered Books, and Apple Books.

Author Eric E. Wallace is an author and playwright, working in fiction, poetry, drama, humor, radio and television. Learn more on his website.

A Sagebrush Sea

RELEASED May 2022: Stormy Waters on the Sagebrush Sea

“Between the covers of this book are adventures, raw commentary, and humor that will entertain, educate, and move a reader to step outside and see the Northwest with fresh eyes.

“A native Idaho son, author Richard Howard takes us into the fields of fishing, falconry, and yoga. His “green tea revelations” reflect on a life filled with summits and sunsets, anguish and doubt, courage and adventure.

“Richard Howard has published scientific papers, short stories, essays, and poems. His first book, Never Give Up on the Sagebrush Sea, was published in 2014 by Elkstone Press. Many of his stories, essays, and poems were inspired by his extensive travels in Europe, Australia, South Africa, Central America, and Indonesia. The fictional short stories in Stormy Waters on the Sagebrush Sea are a deeper attempt at exploring current themes of the Northwest and our Nation.”

Mr. Howard’s books are available at multiple bookstores and online at Amazon.com.