Writing Their Stories...

​Researching the lives of the past.

Sheila Duane

Bridget's Hanging


Sheila Duane has been teaching research writing at the college level for more than twenty years. She has also worked as a researcher, a journalist, and an advertising copywriter. She has been publishing her poetry for many years, most recently with the Journal of New Jersey Poets. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico, a master’s in teaching from Monmouth University, and a master’s in English literature from Rutgers University.
Duane resides in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, with her husband, Dean, and her son, Jude.

I wrote this book because I don't believe what happened to Bridget Deignan was fair or humane. After I read her story, I couldn't stop thinking about her and the common humanity we all share. And I do understand that stories like hers happen everyday in every country on this planet, but I just wanted to tell her story this time. I hope to tell someone else's story tomorrow.