Cape Fear Living is a lifestyle magazine that celebrates life in Southeastern North Carolina.  We are dedicated to showcasing the Cape Fear region, centered around the Port City of Wilmington, but extending across the four counties of Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender.  We strive to entertain, inspire and inform.
As an integral part of the community, Cape Fear Living takes pride in showcasing our thriving businesses and talented individuals.  Every issue is a celebration of the people, culture, arts, crafts, architecture, history, and foodways of the region.
Whether you’ve lived in the Cape Fear region all your life, a newcomer looking to become more acquainted with your new home, relocating for work or just visiting, we are committed to sharing the area we love through our seasonal print publication, website, weekly blog, newsletters, and digital marketing.


– Meet the CFLM Team –


Leping Beck | Publisher |

Leping Beck has been the publisher of Cape Fear Living Magazine since 2016. She is a producer and commentator of Western Reviews – a Chinese language TV program aired weekly with Mingjing TV in New York. Prior to moving to Wilmington, North Carolina in 2013, Leping was an attorney at law licensed in the state of Colorado. Specializing in immigration law and business transactions, she has served as the legal consultant for the Chinese American Merchants Association of Colorado. Leping has been invited by Universities and government organizations to educate new immigrants and small business owners about the legal and economic system in the U.S. She also enjoys contributing to Chinese language publications as a freelance writer. Leping and her husband Dan Beck, a nationally acclaimed artist, have two daughters. They all share a common interest in art, music, and literature.

Colleen Thompson | Managing Editor |

An editor, writer and photographer Colleen’s work has been published worldwide in magazines, newspapers and digital media. She has a passion for food – particularly Southern and the history behind it. As a qualified wine sommelier, she loves the art of a crafted cocktail and the storytelling that often accompanies it. With degrees in English and Environmental Science, Colleen has a particular love of the ocean and is always on the lookout for a wild beach. From the mesmerizing Spanish moss that hangs from the old live oaks to the captivating scent of the magnolia trees, the Cape Fear region has taken a hold on her heart. She lives with her husband, young son and two beagles.

Liz Wiles | Director of Marketing |

Liz is a graduate of the School of Media and Journalism at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her journalistic experience includes Carolina Woman Magazine and Triangle Downtowner Magazine. She has also co-written and edited books, editorial profiles and press releases for organizations and authors throughout the region. Born and raised in Winston-Salem, NC, she recently moved to the Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach area, after almost a decade in Raleigh, NC, where she worked as a Director of Marketing with CMC Hotels, along with her freelance writing and marketing assignments. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, including her black Labrador – Winston – who is not upset about now being able to swim in Banks Channel every day.

Samantha Lowe | Editorial Graphic Designer |

Samantha Lowe received her degree in graphic design from Kansas State University. After graduating, she worked as the senior graphic designer for a creative firm. She ventured out on her own 12 years ago and has been designing publications ever since. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. Chocolate is her weakness, and she has a heart for serif fonts and traveling.

Amanda Lisk | Account Executive |

Amanda Lisk is a UCLA graduate and award-winning journalist whose career spans 27 years in the broadcast and print media industry, including work with CNN’s Larry King Live Show and CBS’s 60 minutes. She moved to Wilmington, NC in 1995 and has covered everything from bank robberies to bird watchers over the years as a reporter and freelance writer. Lisk is wife to a born-and-bred Wilmingtonian and proud mom of two amazing teenagers and a five-pound Yorkie. Lisk serves in a ministry that provides Sunday school to inner city youth and spends her free time riding the waves with her family as a self-proclaimed “47-year-old boogie boarder.”

Marisol O’Conner | Account Executive |

Marisol has over 14 years of sales and marketing experience. Prior to joining Cape Fear Living Magazine, Marisol co-founded Luxuria Salon & Spa – an upscale salon and day spa in Maryland where she discovered her passion for marketing. After selling her shares to Luxuria, Marisol began freelance marketing consulting for salon and days spas, finding innovative ways to boost sales through brand awareness, client growth, ad design and networking events. As an account executive, Marisol is responsible for helping clients increase brand awareness, generate leads, and acquire new customers. When she isn’t working, you’ll find Marisol spending time with her huge family – or walking the beach obsessively searching for sharks teeth.

Jeanne Murphy | Project Manager |
Jeanne has over 20 years experience in marketing and technology within the publishing industry. After graduating from Stony Brook University on Long Island, NY, she worked as an Editorial Systems Technician at Newsday in Melville, NY. After leaving Newsday, Jeanne worked for a small local magazine in Huntington, NY, where she was involved in every aspect from advertising sales to production, ultimately heading up marketing and helping to introduce new digital services to advertisers. For the past five years, Jeanne has lived in Carolina Beach, working as a digital marketing consultant.