Janet Link

Location: Montclair, NJ

I grew up at a lake in Wayne, New Jersey, and graduated from Fairfield University, Connecticut, in 1979 with a degree in English Literature. My college career started in the chemistry department, but after a delightful Shakespeare course, I switched from lab to lit.

So, here I am, almost thirty years later, writing about energy. Between college graduation and now, a few things have happened. I worked as a reporter in New York for a trade newspaper called Chemical Market Reporter, and then did a six-year stint as an energy reporter/consultant for Poten and Partners, a ship brokerage/consulting firm. I liked the reporting part better than the consulting part--basically, I liked asking questions better than answering them! So, I ended up at McGraw-Hill as a reporter and finally a managing editor--with the focus on oil and chemicals.

After marrying Joe and putting in seven years at "Mother McGraw," I became a mother myself. Grace was born in 1997. Since her arrival I've done a lot of school volunteer work (the Writers' Room program in Montclair being my favorite). I also wrote a weekly column on the chemical industry for Chemical Market Reporter.

But when I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999, I decided to take a break from the demands of deadline journalism. It seemed like a good time to try something that was less stressful and more fun. I tried a very brief real estate gig, and some additional writing coaching (for money!!). Cooking has figured large in my life-I love to cook. As I tell my daughter-it's just chemistry, but you get to eat the end result! This latest effort is my attempt to help intelligent, non-scientists sort out the always fascinating, sometimes frustrating, world of energy!