Author Jules Nelson emphasizes women's role in history before Civil War rocked the nation in her book "Shadows."
It was an era when men entered history as pioneers while women ensured that everything else around was a success.
"Girls and women played a huge part in history," said Nelson. "History is not just about men. What we do is important even if it does not make it into a history class."
With her deep love for history in its quirkiness, Nelson portrays the main character Emma in the shadows of times marked by rumors that can create a shadowy reputation.
Nelson encourages everyone to read and write reviews.
"Reviews are like tips for writers," she said. "It's what gets us noticed."