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Deborah Hufford

Deborah is an award-winning

author and magazine editor

who is now a debut novelist 

Deborah Hufford is an award-winning author and magazine editor with a passion for indigenous and frontier history and horses. Her popular Notes From the Frontier blog with 100,000+ readers has led to an upcoming novel, Blood to Rubies!

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Growing Up
and Education

Growing up as an Iowa farm girl, rodeo queen and voracious reader, Deborah rode her childhood horse, Sundance, over country gravel roads and along forested river valleys, exploring old pioneer cemeteries, abandoned stagecoach traces, and searching for arrowheads. Her love of land, lore and literature fired her writing muse. She has a Bachelor's Double Major in English and Journalism and a Master's in Journalism from the University of Iowa.

Teaching and Publishing Credits

Deborah taught printing and publication design to students of the Iowa's Writer's Workshop at the Iowa Center for the Book. Later, she taught writing and publishing at Northwestern University, Marquette University and Mount Mary University. Her extensive publishing career began at Better Homes & Gardens and includes credits in New York Times Magazine, New York Times, Connoisseur, many other titles, and served as publisher of The Writer's Handbook.

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Social Justice 
Work & Writing

Deeply devoted to social justice, especially for veterans, women and children, refugees, Native Americans, and humane treatment of animals, she has served on boards and donated her fundraising skills

to Chief Joseph Foundation, Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW), Homeless Veterans Initiative, Homeless Women VeteransHumane Society, International Learning Center, Women's Political Caucus, and other nonprofits.

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And I
love all

You'll find many of the above themes in my novel

Blood to Rubies
is now here!

Available now to preorder through
Amazon and all bookstores


Deborah's debut novel, Blood to Rubies, is already critically acclaimed  by NYT bestselling authors as "brilliant," "crushing," "rhapsodic," "gritty," and "sensuous."  A scorching saga that weaves indigenous and pioneer history, strong women and the heroic battle of Chief Joseph to save his Nez Perce people together in a heartbreaking convergences of fates.

Connect with me on, NotesfromtheFrontiercomFacebook, and Instagram.

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