Retired Watertown educator Deb Shephard will be signing copies of her newest illustrated children’s book, “Zeke’s Big Decision,” Sat., Dec. 17, from 1 to 3 pm at DDR Books in Downtown Watertown.
After making a big mistake, Zeke has luckily landed in a comfortable life. But this perfect world is disrupted by the addition of a new friend. Zeke is forced to determine whether his personal desires are more important than the needs of another or even his own deeper needs. This is a dilemma, especially for a cat!
Zeke’s sequel was demanded by Shephard’s granddaughters, who insisted Zeke’s story wasn’t done. It takes place in Watertown, where he lives with Shephard and her husband, retired teacher Scott, and Zeke’s security kitten, Zoe. The illustrators are Deb and Gary Ernst, local artists. Any profits are donated to the Glacial Lakes Humane Society to care for homeless cats and dogs (even though Zeke does not like dogs).
Shephard is a former educator, counselor, and administrator. She was a proud member of the awesome team at Lake Area Technical College for 36 years. Her column, “View From an Empty Nest,” appeared in the Watertown Public Opinion from 2002 to 2006. Having raised two boys, the Shephards are now grandparents to three little girls.