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Gabe Oliver Author Interview

Little Toy Car follows an innocent child growing up in a broken home who despite hardships, matures into a strong and caring adult. What was the inspiration for the setup of your story?

I would share parts of this story verbally with people along my travels and they were always intrigued. I consistently received comments like “wow… this should be a movie”. Well, I don’t have the budget for a movie so I decided to write a book instead. A large portion of the story was inspired by true events. I published it as fiction so that, for example, I wouldn’t be limited by specific timeline restraints or condensing multiple characters into one character. Doing this allowed me to apply my personal writing style and allowed the story to flow better. Since most people mentioned that I should make a movie, I attempted to write it in a way that would be visually appealing and read in the structure of a movie, but still feel really good as a book. The thought process behind this was that if it is ever picked up for a movie or show adaptation it will be easier to transcribe to a screenplay or script. The main inspiration for deciding to publish this story was the amount of people that personally reached out to. They would tell me that they connected or even related to the story and were moved by it. Each person takes something a little different from it and I usually end up having deep heartfelt conversations with them about these topics. It tends to bring out people’s emotions. I feel honored that after reading my story people feel safe to share their personal lives and experiences with me. It’s a genuine human connection.  

What were the morals you were trying to capture while creating your characters?

I didn’t go into the story with a moral lesson in mind. I simply started writing and I was open to whatever lesson arose from that. I have had some people tell me that they believe it is a story about faith and others tell me it validates their concerns with religion. I believe that every person should be able to experience the story in their own way. One concept that has been the most constant, regardless of how different each person’s views on the story is, is the concept of Love. 

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

It was important for me to write this story in the most authentic way possible because the themes explored are a person’s life- their existence and their experiences. In order to do that, I became very vulnerable while writing. It was difficult at times and I contemplated not finishing the story. I sat on it for years. I was encouraged by friends I met along my travels to finish and publish the story. However, if I was to share this story, then I wanted to deliver a genuine take on Gene’s journey through life with full transparency.     

What is the next book that you are working on, and when will it be available?

I purposely wrote Little Toy Car in a way that it could read as a stand alone book or I could continue the story and dive deeper into some of the characters lives that were left behind. There is plenty more to the story and plenty more to explore and share but I have to see how this book is received first.

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Follow Gene through this psychological coming of age novel on his journey to discover the meaning of it all, while maneuvering through the unexpected trials of life. From the hardship of a broken home, through the mental struggles of a religious sect. The unexpected twists and turns in this book will command the attention of its readers. The highs and lows of this inspiring story will make it hard to put down. Discover the significance of the LITTLE TOY CAR.


Little Toy Car by Gabe Oliver is a heartfelt story based on the life of Gene, from an innocent child to a young adult. Growing up in a house filled with charity donations that were always not quite perfect, with a mother with scrambled self-confidence and an abusive alcoholic stepfather, Gene’s idea of love cannot help but be severely warped. For readers who enjoy exploring the growth of characters as they experience the torment of painful relationships and conflict into mature and beautifully deep personalities – Gene will steal your hearts from under you.

The use of symbolism in this novel is outstanding. The stolen toy car, the bible verses, the guitar, the frying pan, and the car crash; are articulated in such a way that you could feel the rollercoaster of Gene’s life from a fragile child who saw no hope in the world and love only in the form of violence, to a reflective, considerate adult. It contains heavy themes, including religious coercion, physical and sexual violence, child abuse, and other criminal activity, that would be better understood and appreciated by readers who can decipher the teachings contained in Oliver’s work.

From its opening pages, Oliver’s writing style draws you into the plot – immediately greeted by the story behind the novel’s title and the purest insight into our main character, who is seemingly always a not-quite-right in his fit in the world. Parts of Gene’s childhood were weaved into the plotline perfectly to convey a certain message. There is a certain element of a psychological lesson to be learned about how children perceive interactions – especially where there is a lack of positive parenting or familial relationships – and how this manifests continuously in the form of life decisions and behavioral patterns.

Little Toy Car by Gabe Oliver is a gripping book that I would highly recommend to mature audiences. Readers will enjoy this coming-of-age story as they follow Gene as he navigates a challenging childhood to the heartwarming ending of this novel.

Pages: 379 | ASIN : B0BG3FKQC4

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