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Blood to Rubies IMAGE SHOWCASE: Erika Larsen

Updated: Mar 26

My debut novel, Blood to Rubies, is unique in historical fiction in that it features  70 black-and-white images. Many are archival images from famous frontier photographers of the 1800s. Others are from some of the world's greatest contemporary photographers of the American West, landscapes, horses, and the Nez Perce.

During my many years of writing, researching and publishing my debut novel, BLOOD TO RUBIES, I met so many extraordinary people, among them Nez Perce elders and tribal members, photographers, authors, and historical scholars.


This photograph of a Nez Perce woman and her Appaloosa opens Chapter 28, sumac dreams. It was taken by one of the world's greatest photographers, Erika Larsen. The photograph features Nez Perce woman Katie Harris and her Appaloosa, Ollokot (named after Chief Joseph's warrior brother), both in spectacular Nez Perce regalia. This photograph was featured in National Geographic's 2014 issue, "People of the Horse."

Erika Larsen’s work has appeared in the world’s leading publications, including The New York Times Magazine and National Geographic. She has also been commissioned to do portraits of famous persons, including Dr. Jane Goodall, Oprah Winfrey, and Nancy Pelosi. View more of Erika’s photographs and buy prints of her work at



My debut novel is extremely unique in historical fiction since it features 70 black-and-white images. I searched high and low to find these images and worked with the world's most iconic libraries, including the Smithsonian, Library of Congress, National Archives, the Beinecke Rare Book Library at Yale University, the National Park Service, the Nez Perce Historical Park Service, the Polish Digital Equestrian Library, special private collections, and many state historical societies. The images help tell the story of my main character, a fictional frontier photographer, Frederick Cortland. Many are 1800s archival images from real frontier photographers. But some are from the world's leading contemporary photographers of the American West, of horses, and of the Nez Perce. I am so incredibly honored to have worked with them!

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"Blood to Rubies IMAGE SHOWCASE: Erika Larsen" was originally posted January 5, 2024 on and Facebook.

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Deborah Hufford

Author, Notes from the Frontier

Deborah Hufford is an award-winning author and magazine editor with a passion for history. Her popular blog with 100,000+ readers has led to an upcoming novel! Growing up as an Iowa farmgirl, rodeo queen and voracious reader, her love of land, lore and literature fired her writing muse. With a Bachelor's in English and Master's in Journalism from the University of Iowa, she taught students of Iowa's Writer's Workshop, then at Northwestern University, Marquette and Mount Mary. Her extensive publishing career began at Better Homes & Gardens, includes credits in New York Times Magazine, New York Times, Connoisseur, many other titles, and serving as publisher of The Writer's Handbook


Deeply devoted to social justice, especially for veterans, women, and Native Americans, she has served on boards and donated her fundraising skills to Chief Joseph Foundation, Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW), Homeless Veterans Initiative, Humane Society, and other nonprofits.  


Deborah's soon-to-be released historical novel, BLOOD TO RUBIES weaves indigenous and pioneer history, strong women and clashing worlds into a sweeping saga praised by NYT bestselling authors as "crushing," "rhapsodic," "gritty," and "sensuous." Purchase BLOOD TO RUBIES online beginning June 9. Connect with Deborah on, Facebook, and Instagram.

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