1. When I was thinking about all the Arcanium stories I wanted to tell, Carousel popped up out of nowhere, with none of the established Fortune cast or the possible oddities or skill sets that I have in my list. But it took on a life of its own at the last minute. I was excited to start it.
2. Caroline is named after the main character in the movie The Skeleton Key. Whenever someone calls her by name, I tend to imagine Gena Rowlands calling it in that creepy, horror-movie voice with her Louisiana accent, even though Caroline is from Oklahoma.
3. Riley is a conglomeration of inspirations, but Colm is inspired by Julian Sands.
4. The female clown Tragedy, in look and behavior, is partially inspired by Emilie Autumn.
5. While I knew the clowns were going to be a part of Carousel, I hadn’t planned on the clowns playing quite as big of a role. That kind of just…happened.
6. Tragedy and Comedy’s names are self-explanatory. The male clown Murphy is named after Murphy’s Law.
7. Colm started out as human. Then I got bored. Changing him to demon made everything better.
8. Caroline is my youngest protagonist so far.
9. I wrote Carousel and Aerial (Arcanium Book 3) back to back, more than half a year after writing Fortune.
10. I’d really love to ride the Arcanium carousel.