A childhood spent reading led to a lifelong passion for words, says incurable bookworm Justine McLeary.

When I was two, my mother tells me, I could read certain words in the local newspaper. At six, I was spelling words most 12-year-olds had yet to master. On my eighth birthday, my uncle gave me a suitcase of books, expecting it to last me months. I finished all the books in a week. I never saw the scenery on road trips because my nose was in a book, and I spent summers in the (now long-gone) book exchange at the Mount instead of on the beach.  

“I bet you’ll be a journalist when you grow up,” many relatives said.  

I hated doing what was expected of me. So I rebelled, briefly, in my late teens. After school finished, I dipped my toe into childcare and quickly pulled it out again. I called the then-Waikato Times editor. “How can I become a journalist?” I asked. 

She pointed me in the right direction and, when I graduated three years later, offered me my first job. I thought I was the luckiest girl in the world, getting paid to live my dream. I still think that.  

In the 20 years since then, my passion for writing has never waned. There’s nothing I’d rather be doing than writing stories – and reading other people’s. 

I love being able to share that passion with clients. So does the rest of the Frolic PR team. Work with us and you can be sure you’ll get inspired results. We love what we do, and we think you’ll love it too.