Block says her new book began when Jim Kempert, an editor with Arcadia Publishing of Charleston, S.C., approached her with an idea: to take some of the historic photographs from Block's earlier Arcadia books, Along the Cape Fear and Cape Fear Lost, and compare what those locations look like today. (Because development has been so overwhelming along the coastline, they decided to sidestep Block's Cape Fear Beaches.)
Block and Kempert
spent some cold winter days driving around North Carolina to identify sites of some of the images that had intrigued the editor.
Most of the "Now" photos in the book are Kempert's
Some of the photos will be familiar to fans of the earlier books, but Block extensively rewrote her
text, often updating it with material she'd found out since Along the Cape Fear
came out in 1998 and Cape Fear Lost in 1999.