A few years ago my family and I decided to take a different route to Virginia Beach and we went all the way across North Carolina and took the ferry from Currituck over to Knott's Island. It was June and the Peach Festival was in full swing.
It was later that I decided to use Knott's Island as inspiration for my fictitious island in my book. I decided on the name at home in Tennessee, and when riding down Knott's Island Road to the ferry one summer day I passed a street named Lands End Road, which was the name I had thought of at home, and I knew that it was literally a sign that this was where my book was going to take place.
Of course I took some liberties with the geography of Knott's Island because Land's End is right on the ocean and Knott's Island sets on Knott's Island Bay. Wild Horse Cape and Lighthouse are also fictitious but the state park that I mention is real, False Cape State Park in Virginia. Mackay Island Wildlife Refuge is what I'm referring to in the book when I say that the road passes through some of the most beautiful wetlands ever seen.