Gina Bruno sees culture as the one force that can simultaneously bring humankind together while ripping it apart. More importantly, it gives life texture, color, and all the unique elements that make life worth experiencing. “On the Phone” is based on real events in the author’s Colombian-Italian family and seeks to communicate the unspoken tensions, and generational and cultural divides that immigrant families face in their semi-American lives. Having lived in Ecuador and Cuba and traveled through most of Latin America, Gina hopes to tell a more real story of those unseen populations by bringing their cultures (the good, the bad and the ugly) to print. Gina is currently a high school teacher in Palisades Park, New Jersey, where she guides her students through the greatest collection of human stories — history.