In my 20s, I spent a lot of time travelling. I first visited France in 1980 on a workcamp restoring the village church of Charols in Drome. This experience formed the kernel of Children of the Shaman. On this trip I visited La Garde Adhemar and Le Trou du Furet, both of which appear in the book.
Children of the Shaman was first published in 2001 by Orbit Books; The Glass Mountain followed in 2002. Both were translated into German, and published by Blanvalet as Die Eisgoettin and Der Glaserne Berg. Roc, a division of Penguin Puttnam, published Children of the Shaman in the States.