Airport public information officer turns author

By Joel Hall


Roishina Clay Henderson, public information officer for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, spends the majority of her day working with media outlets and facilitating information about the world's busiest airport.

Outside of work, however, Henderson is ministering to people through her first Christian novel.

She made her literary debut this month with the book, "Make Me Whole," the story about the journeys of three Atlanta women, who come to terms with their own personal demons.

In the book, three friends battle through broken faith, infidelity, troubled pasts, and rocky relationships to develop a renewed connection with God.

Henderson, who is a native of Greenwood, Miss., and a fourth-generation Church of God in Christ member, said that while the story does not reflect her own life, the characters are very close to her heart.

"It's about three women, who live here in Atlanta, and they have what I call everyday life issues," said Henderson.

The protagonist, Jacky Jayson, is a free-spirited, 29-year-old print journalist, who has a difficult time keeping money and a job. Denise "Neicy" Chavez, is a retail manager in her early 30s, who is married, but has trouble turning down the advances of other men.

Prescilla "Cee-Cee" Bates is a mother figure for both Jayson and Chavez, but has marriage problems of her own. While married to a man who truly loves her, she is unable to reciprocate the love, due to issues in her past.

"[Prescilla] has a man who adores her, but she has so much resentment in her heart, she can't appreciate the love he gives to her," said Henderson. "When people have done things to us in the past, we tend to hold grudges. These are issues that they are dealing with until they give themselves to God.

"[The characters] find that God is able to piece them together and make them whole, thus, the title of the book."

Henderson said readers will be able to identify with the characters, whose struggles she believes are "true to life." By early next year, Henderson, who is the married mother of a 3-year-old son, hopes to have her novel featured in metro Atlanta bookstores, as well as her hometown bookstore in Greenwood, Miss.

"These three characters in the book are not perfect people, but they do recognize God," she said. "I'm hoping, in addition to [them] being entertained, this will be able to minister to [readers] as well.

"We don't have to deal with all of our problems ourselves," said Henderson. "When we do allow God to be in the driver's seat of our lives, he can truly bless us."

"Make Me Whole," is available for $14.95 at www.roishina.com.