Chasing Rabbits by Rodolfo Del Toro Colberg
Award winning book about a medical student unwillingly coming face to face with life and death during an unexpected clinical clerkship. The Pediatric Oncology ward and its patients will show Rudy a side of his education he did not expect, finding the most courageous patients among the children of the ward.
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Rodolfo Del Toro never intended to be a doctor. On the contrary, during his early teenage years, he dreamt of becoming a musician, screenwriter, or maybe a film director.
It was late in high school, while performing community service (a school requirement, not a punishment, some other community service was indeed punishment; it was a strict Catholic high school) that he was exposed to the medical field. Assigned to help a resident doctor perform his tasks at a local hospital, Rodo unexpectedly felt great satisfaction from helping others.
Making an uncharacteristically mature decision for a teenager, Rodo accepted the challenge, moving ahead after high school and spending the next twelve years between college, medical school, and residency.
Despite having a good professional life and a fantastic family, he felt an urge to do something different, to create. So, in 2015, after a particularly interesting 2014, he decided to sit down to write.
He first book was published on 2018, its creation and publishing was a rewarding learning experience involving hard lessons learned, helping him realize how little he knew and still had to learn about writing and publishing. This knowledge, or rather lack thereof, helped him approach the writing of his second book, Chasing Rabbits. Not only did it give him newfound determination, it also allowed him to better navigate the road, or at least avoid the previous pitfalls.
Chasing Rabbits was published in March 2020, and despite the challenges 2020 brought forth, it has received great reviews. Today, Rodo continues to write and get the word out on his works, when time permits it. Publishing a set of short stories unimaginatively titled Six Short Stories on late 2021, and is currently working on his next book, Surviving Jane, which should be published before April 2024.
When away from the word processor, he spends his professional time between his private practice and a part-time medical school teaching appointment. He cherishes the time he gets to spend with his wife and daughters, as well as the dog he emphatically asked them not to get! Funny enough the dog is sleeping on his lap as he writes this. Every so often, he steals time to pursue his writing, or what his wife believes are very unhealthy obsessions with electric guitars and old Land Rover Defenders!