INTERVIEW | Roishina C. Henderson

Roishina, describe yourself for our visitors.

I’m a wife and mother who enjoys writing, listening to music and reading magazines and books. I’ve become a magazine junkie, and my library is constantly growing. I can’t get enough of listening to music and dissecting the instrumentation, which explains my special interest in marching bands.

When it comes to ministries, I like to get involved in the community when time permits. And for 3-4 years, I was involved in prison ministry in my home state of Mississippi. I would really love to get back into prison ministry.

How do you find time to connect with God?

Throughout the day, but especially when I’m driving. Driving to and from work is normally my praise and worship and meditation time. It’s nothing for me to have conversations with God at the drop of the hat or when something is on my mind, which is pretty much nonstop.

Who are your favorite authors? Favorite books?

E. Lynn Harris, Carl Weber, Tia McCollors, Eric Jerome Dickey and Terry McMillian. Favorite book? Too many to name. I will say about Carl Webers’ books, I have found myself re-reading certain chapters in one of his books. 

Tell us about your journey to publication.

I started working on the manuscript for Make Me Whole in November 2007. By the first of 2008, I launched my website. I completed the manuscript in five months and turned it over to an editor. I also edited the manuscript. I worked with a graphic artists/illustrator and shared my ideas of how I wanted the cover to look. I took a few short months off to focus on some personal things. I re-grouped late Summer 2008, got a second round of professional edits done that Fall and worked on the business side of getting the book printed. In early December, I held my first book in my hand. In between the writing and learning about publishing, I joined an online writing group and a writing association. This journey has been hard work, enlightening and  very rewarding. This is only the beginning for me.  

Tell us about your current book.

Make Me Whole is about three women in Atlanta who have issues of broken faith in God, infidelity and resentment with their spouses. The ladies are Jacky, Neicy and Cee-Cee. Cee-Cee, the senior of the group, invites the ladies to the Church of God in Christ, or COGIC (as many know it as) annual convocation in Memphis, Tennessee to receive a spiritual renewal. Jacky and Neicy aren’t totally on board at first, but eventually join Cee-Cee at the convocation. Jacky is the free-spirit chick who’s bad with managing money and keeping long-term employment.

Neicy has physical assets most women would like and what most men can’t take their eyes off of. But she’s married to a man who ignores her needs, so she seeks outside attention– even though she still wants to make her marriage work.

Cee-Cee loves a comfortable lifestyle, but can’t seem to appreciate a good man. So she struggles with resentment in becoming a homemaker. The questions are can these women learn that God is the ultimate source to piece their broken lives back together, and will their lives be a bed of roses upon returning to Atlanta?

How did you come up with ideas for this book?

I leaned on God for total guidance. I saw Jacky in my mind more than two and half years ago. And when I became committed to writing whatever God put before me, Neicy and Cee-Cee came very quickly. As a matter of fact, I woke up in the middle of the night to pen the characters of Neicy and Cee-Cee. God would not let me go back to sleep that night until I wrote down their names and some key personality points about them. 

What’s next for you?

Right now I’m promoting my book and hope to become more visible to the literary community and book lovers. I hope to start on the sequel to Make Me Whole soon. I have the ideas; God gave them to me while I was at Watch Night Services on New Year’s Eve.

Where can visitors find you online?

Please visit my web home at www.roishina.com and drop me an email to let me know you’ve visited! Thanks for the opportunity to share Make Me Whole!

There are 8 comments for this article
  1. Terri at 7:11 pm

    Roishina,
    This interview was nothing short of impressive yet again! I am so happy to be a part of your family circle. After you have made the NY Times Best sellers list, I can say that I knew you when you were still wearing your hair in 3 pony tails!

  2. Kendra Norman-Bellamy at 12:18 am

    Congrats on another excellent interview, Roi. May God continue to spread your literary wings!

  3. LaMonica Smith at 6:36 pm

    Roishina,

    Great interview. I had no idea that you were from Mississippi. My Mom was from Mississippi. I’ll have to find out if maybe your peoples know my peoples at our next writer’s meeting at the end of the month. lol

    La Monica

  4. renee sias at 6:27 pm

    I’ve started reading this book and can not put it down!!!!

  5. Kiy at 10:37 am

    Wow! I looked at by Yahoo! reader and guess who’s interview popped up.

    I am so proud of you. I felt like I watch the journey unfold. From seeing you put your Web site up, exchanging marketing ideas and watching go through the editing process.

    Keep up the great work and may God continue to bless you.