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In the summer of 2013, Karen and Gill both helped their dogs set up twitter accounts.
By a strange quirk of fate, the two Tzu Mums also became friends and started talking about writing down the adventures of Bailey, Stan and all their friends who had created Tzu Kingdom through their friendships on Twitter.
Finally, in February 2015 they started to put pen to paper and spent that year conspiring by phone and email as they wrote chapter by chapter and the first Tzu Kingdom story developed.
The ladies met for the first time on 28 August 2015 when Karen flew up to Edinburgh for the festival and installed herself in Gill's house for three days where they worked on the plans for the books.
On 30 December 2015 they met at their halfway point, York station, and completed the final edit of the book and it was published in October 2016.
By this time, Santa Bailey had also been published and plans were well underway for the second book, published in February 2018. In the meantime, a second Christmas story had been written and published in November 2017. A third Christmas story was published in December 2018. All three festive tales are now in a special book.
Karen and Gill are currently finalising Book Four, due to be published in Summer 2020. The final book in the series.