In the rough draft (and maybe even the 1st draft) of the Fates project, I had the characters do a major detour to Cape Verde (small set of islands off the coast of Africa). In the end, Cape Verde became a sad pit of time and momentum and got chopped out of the story. I was glad to see the plot streamlined, but had a lot of research and nowhere to put it. Enter Fates II. In my initial foray into the book, I needed a similar spot and without much compromise, was easily able to make Cape Verde the spot.
Even better, look at this location:
Now, I still need to do a bit of research on the lighthouse, but as of now – it’s a fundamentally perfect ‘real’ fictional location.
Love it when things come together without trying!