Janet Balletta was born in Brooklyn, New York to Colombian and Puerto Rican parents. She was raised Catholic in Queens, New York. Janet moved to West Palm Beach, Florida in 1993 and worked as an Administrative Assistant and K-2 ESOL Teacher for Palm Beach County Schools from 1993 to 2006. She currently lives and works as a bilingual first-grade teacher in Port St. Lucie, FL. Janet was inspired by her family to write, The Legend of the Colombian Mermaid y La Leyenda de la Sirena Colombiana, which is based on the legend of La Sirena De Hurtado, in Valledupar, Colombia in 2013. She wrote her second book, The Legend of Roberto Cofresí – A Puerto Rican Hero, which is based on the famous corsair from Puerto Rico in 2015. Janet is passionate about literacy with legends in particular. She hopes her English & Spanish books will inspire children to develop a passion for bilingual and multicultural literature.