The Artist's Special Touch


South Carolina man creates a romance novel inspired by Charleston

Savannah’s sister city, Charleston, South Carolina, isn't too far away. That is where author, River Wild grew up and fell in love with the magical beauty of the "Holy City." During his childhood, he spent many days at nearby Folly Beach swimming and fishing. Wild keenly remembers climbing the celebrated Angel Oak Tree many years ago as well as visiting all the sites mentioned in his book, The Artist’s Special Touch. This story captures the experience of loving someone so much, you never want to spend one moment away from them, and if you were ever separated, you would find your way back no matter what.


Protagonist, Jackson Henderson makes a remarkable discovery on the last day of school. He stumbles across a magazine that teaches him how to paint. In a short time, he becomes a master painter and realizes he’s been given a special gift. Hannah Walker, the love interest, is starting a new chapter of her life in the coastal town of Folly Beach after losing her mother to breast cancer. The young couple have a chance meeting on Christmas Eve that turns into a swirling romance that takes them both by storm. As they navigate the twists and turns of life, tragedy strikes. Can they keep their solemn promise?


River’s love of Charleston, its beauty and rich history made it a natural choice to write about. During high school, he met and eventually married his high school sweetheart. River served in the military and learned a lifetime of lessons dealing with people and difficult situations. He and his wife have been married for many years and the love they share was the inspiration for the characters in the book “The Artist’s Special Touch.” The title of the book and some of the specifics were actually inspired by a country music song.  The song, “Paint Me A Birmingham,” by country artist Tracy Lawrence, touched him in a special way and this inspiration became a theme of the book. The book doesn’t follow the song, but the ability of the artist is what captivated him and what became the central theme.  Although the book is a work of fiction, many scenes were part of the author’s life in full or in part. It is up to the reader to figure out which ones those might be.


The Artist's Special Touch can be purchased on Amazon.