Interview with Travis Breeding

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town called Huntington, Indiana. 25 miles southwest of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The main way my place of birth has influenced my writing is through my experiences in going to grammar and secondary school here in my hometown.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in April of 2009. My first book I want to be like you was published in November of 2010. Now just 3 years later I have 12 books published and have several new ideas in the works.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is the first in a series of books called "The Autism Adventure Series. Book 1 is called Autism, Now What? This story was inspired by me wanting to have a series of books for kids with Autism or even nerutoypical kids that resembled the Boxcar Children series that I adored growing up. I am doing this series to show what the Autism journey is all about to help show both parents and children that they are not alone on their journey.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was motivated to become an Author when I was being asked questions about my life with Autism. I knew that there were many things that I wish my parents had known when I was growing up that I wanted to share with today's parents in hopes that they can help their children through the Autism Journey.
Published 2013-08-31.
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Books by This Author

How to Prevent Autism from Becoming a Mental Illness
By Travis Breeding
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 159,490. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2014. Category: Nonfiction
If you are a parent or teacher this book will help you be inside your child and student's mind to understand what they are feeling which will in return help you understand more about helping them be happy and successful. Do you know what it feels like to be mentally ill or have autism? Take a look and find out for yourself by reading this great book. Learn how to help your loved one with autism.
Autism Masked By Mental Illness
By Travis Breeding
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 159,490. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2014. Category: Nonfiction
Autism is not a mental illness. It is a developmental disability. This book is an in depth memoir of a person living with Autism and Mental Illness. It is important to note that Autism was not the immediate cause of the mental illness in the individual in this book. Mental Illness is a secondary condition that this person lives with every day and is coping with. This book is a memoir.
Thoughts from My Autistic Mind: Book I
By Travis Breeding
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 16,840. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
Thoughts From My Autistic Mind is the first book in a series of blog entries by Author Travis Breeding. Travis has autism and strives to provide society with an understanding of what living with Autism is like on a daily basis by sharing his blog entries with all of us. Travis gives the reader a detailed look into his mind and emotions as he navigates every day life on the Autism Spectrum.
Psychosis: Losing My Mind Through Dr. Stankaski Book I
By Travis Breeding
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,330. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
This is a book intended to share my experiences in dealing with and living with psychosis. Psychosis is a form of mental illness that affects millions of people around the world. One of the most difficult experiences for me is not understanding if things I am hearing or seeing are real or not. Yes, I hear voices and have hallucinations. Some of which can be very scary. Some try and hurt me.
I Have Autism and I Like Girls Too: Fetishes Of An Autistic Man
By Travis Breeding
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,160. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2013. Category: Fiction
This is book one of a multi-series book of what I perceive to be some of my fetishes that I want to experience or have experienced in my life. Having autism makes it difficult to be like others in the sense that I already seem different to people , but really I am no different and this series is just a few of my thoughts. This series will detail each of my fetishes one by one.
I Am Not Like The Other Kids But That Is Okay With Me
By Travis Breeding
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,570. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
Growing up I began to realize that I was different from my peers. At first this bothered me and hindered the development of my self-esteem. As I got older I started to realize that this was not a big deal and it began to bother me less and less. I began seeking out other ways to become involved in things that would help me feel connected to my peers. Participating in music was my outlet.
DSM-V Asperger's Syndrome Does Not Exist Anymore
By Travis Breeding
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,230. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
In 2013 the DSM-V was released. This time Asperger's Syndrome has been excluded form the DSM-V all together and is now lumped under the term Autism Spectrum Disorders. Asperger's Syndrome will no longer be a medical diagnosis. A disorder that was first introduced in the DSM-IV has now been excluded entirely from the DSM-V. For many adults living with Asperger's this has been hard to swallow.
Graduating High School, Entering Real Life
By Travis Breeding
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,870. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
Surviving Middle School was a journey and accomplishment for Travis. Getting through four years of high school where kids were bigger and meaner was quite another challenge. Travis did not understand the other teenagers at his school and they did not understand him. Travis used music as a coping mechanism to help him get through his high school years. Now his adult life was about to begin.
My First Locker
By Travis Breeding
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,820. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2013. Category: Essay
Middle School is a challenging time for all kids. Being Autistic meant that middle school would be twice the challenge for me. I will never forget that nightmare year when my locker was my biggest bully and the other kids used my locker to try and hurt me. This book shares my junior high experiences in hopes of making your child's junior high experience better. Learn the unwritten social rule.
Employment with Asperger's Syndrome
By Travis Breeding
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,120. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2013. Category: Essay
More than 80% of people with Asperger's Syndrome are not engaged in meaningful employment. It is not always to their choosing that the numbers are so high. Often, adults with Asperger's Syndrome want to engage in substantial gainful activity as adults and be a contributing member in the workforce. Due to social impairments that present social gaps between them and their peers it is difficult.
Social Rules of Facebook
By Travis Breeding
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,640. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
Since graduating high school in 2004, I have seen many changes in the world. No changes have occurred more rapidly than those in the area of technology. When I walked across the stage to receive my diploma, Facebook did not exist. It was only a few years earlier when the use of cell phones became widespread. In 2004, text messaging wasn’t very popular. In just a few years technology has boomed.
Real Friends Are Not Bullies
By Travis Breeding
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,980. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2013. Category: Essay
Before we can begin to understand what friendship is we must first understand what a friendship is not. This is a process that comes naturally to most people; they just know, instinctively, that certain things are not a part of a true friendship. But to those of us on the autism spectrum, we may have been put through years of manipulation to believe that bullies are our friends. They are not.
My First Friend In School
By Travis Breeding
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,510. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2013. Category: Essay
The year was 1992 and I was six years old. My parents held me back a year so when I began kindergarten I was already a year older than most of the kids in my class. Looking back, I recognize some of the red flags that were raised which could have helped me receive my autism spectrum diagnosis a lot earlier than I did. This book is about how I succeeded in school by making my first friend.
Anything You Can Do, I Can Too
By Travis Breeding
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,170. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2013. Category: Essay
We’ve all heard of the song “Anything You Can Do, I can do Better.” This is something that I have taken with me own life and adapted it into the way I approach social interaction and things dealing with Asperger’s Syndrome. I believe that all children have the ability to learn, feel, love, and connect with other children. Some will be better at it than others but everyone can love and connect.
I've Got Self-Esteem
By Travis Breeding
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,740. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
Born on Wednesday, March 27th 1985 , I seemed so normal. I was a perfectly healthy baby just as other babies typically are. It wasn’t until much later when I endured so much pain that I would go on a roller coaster ride in which I spent a few years thinking I wasn’t normal and I wasn’t worthy of love. In this book you will see how I learned to remember myself as Travis and not as Asperger's.
What Is Going On In There?
By Travis Breeding
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,760. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2013. Category: Essay
I went through middle school and high school without too many bouts of depression. The late development and need for social interaction was probably the reason. I was able to get through by surrounding myself with activities that I enjoyed and I was still being who I truly am. It wasn’t until my freshman year of college before I started having a hard time with everything. This book is my mind.
My Mind Does Not Work LIke Yours
By Travis Breeding
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,510. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2013. Category: Essay
Throughout my entire life I’ve been trying to be understood. I’ve felt misunderstood since the beginning really. There were times in Elementary School where I was misunderstood. From an early age of just 7 years old my intentions with others were misunderstood or misinterpreted by my peers. This book is an in depth look into how my brain functions and thinks differently than most brains.
My Dream Job With Autism
By Travis Breeding
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,460. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2013. Category: Essay
Often times, people with autism struggle to find employment. The person with autism might not be the best at a particular job such as being a bank teller, being a waiter at a restaurant, or even working the basic factory job. Someone with autism will likely be more employable in a career that they are interested in and very passionate about. It is likely we will succeed in special interest areas.
A Make Believe World
By Travis Breeding
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,930. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2013. Category: Essay
As I continued to get older and go through school the social stuff would become more difficult. It seemed like kids were becoming more and more advanced, learning more skills, and leaving me behind. If it had not been for a coping mechanism that I picked up from my special interest that developed from my ability to escape into imagination and create a make believe world.
Boosting Your Self-Esteem Through Imagination
By Travis Breeding
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,570. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2013. Category: Essay
The mind can be a powerful tool. This can be both good and bad. We are all familiar with the saying “we can be our own worst enemy” and that is true, but the flip side of that is that we can also be our own best supporter and advocate. I’ve been learning about this in my day to day life. The way that mind processes thoughts is an important part of the development of our self-esteem.
The Aspie Mind
By Travis Breeding
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,310. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2013. Category: Essay
I am sure we have all looked at someone and wondered just what they are doing. They seem so out of it and lost. If you have a child with autism, you probably encounter this quite often. I hear so many parents say “if I could just experience their world for one day.” While it isn’t possible yet to get inside of someone else’s brain this book gives you incredible insight into the mind of an aspie.
Asperger's Syndrome
By Travis Breeding
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,470. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2013. Category: Essay
Asperger's Syndrome is a guidebook to living with Asperger's Syndrome. In a guide written by an adult living with Asperger's Syndrome you will get practical experiences and insight into life on the Autism spectrum. You will get a combination of technical terms and first hand experiences. You will then see how the first hand experiences tie in with the technical terms throughout the book.
Huntington North Varsity Singers 2003-2004 A Dynasty
By Travis Breeding
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,110. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2013. Category: Essay
The 2003-2004 Varsity Singers won 4 competitions and finished 3rd runner up at one competition. They were under the direction of Mr. John Wenning, choreographed by Jason Johnson, and under the instrumentalists were under the direction of Mr. Matt Walter. Dance Captains were Sean Giggy and Julie Abbott. The varsity singers are Huntington North High Schools premier music group.
Falling In Love With Autism
By Travis Breeding
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,550. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2013. Category: Fiction
Falling In Love With Autism is Edward's romantic story of how he fell in love with his princess. It was far from love at first fight for him. He was known as the socially awkward boy all throughout out school. He was often bullied and made fun of. The same girls that once cared about him and nurtured him in elementary school changed in middle school. They now did all they could to avoid him.
Autism, Now What? The Autism Adventure Series
By Travis Breeding
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,470. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2013. Category: Fiction
Autism, Now What is book one in the Autism Adventure Series. In book one Tom's parents are invited to a meeting with his teacher Mrs. Plumb. Mrs. Plumb addresses some concerns she has about Tom socially at school. Mrs. Plumb and Tom's parents agree to get him evaluated for Autism by a professional. Tom's parents along with Tom are about to begin the Autism journey that so many of us are on.
Living Without Knowing Who You Are: Undiagnosed Asperger's Syndrome
By Travis Breeding
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 90,110. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
Imagine growing up having no idea who you were. Imagine that there was a part of you missing that you didn't discover until you were 22 years old. Imagine being made fun of or bullied because you didn't know something was a part of you? This is the story of Travis Breeding. Travis was officially diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at the age of 22.
The Fascinating Autism Mind
By Travis Breeding
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,120. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
Mind mind is unique not different. I have Autism. My brain thinks in a different way than most. That makes me unique and interesting. Too often people with autism are ostracized for being what people refer to as different. There are many things that I can do because of having Autism that I couldn't do without it. I have the ability to sit and focus on one thing for hours upon hours.
Making My First Friend
By Travis Breeding
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 37,010. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
This is a social story about how I made my first friend. I will give examples from my childhood as I made friends with Eric. I met Eric in Kindergarten. I didn't know anyone and had no idea how to make friends. This book gives you ideas for helping your child learn how to make friends. This is great for working with children one on one or in groups. The best way to make a friend is to be you.
Autism: Friendship with Heather
By Travis Breeding
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 16,450. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
My mind has always been narrowly focused on one thing. As I grew older and became an adult interested in friendships with other people my mind was only able to focus on one person. No matter how hard I try to focus on more than one thing or person it is very challenging. My friend is a special interest to me. The outside world sees this as an obsession.
Congratulations Your Child Has Autism
By Travis Breeding
Price: Free! Words: 5,720. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
Congratulations, your child has Autism. If you are like me you are probably a little scared yet somewhat relieved to know that your child is on the spectrum. Finally you have an answer. Congratulations. This is a book full of terms and information about autism. I put together this book to introduce you to autism and give you a preview of what my books are all about.
Voices Of An Illness
By Travis Breeding
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,800. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
Voices of An Illness is an inside look into what it's like to live with Schizophrenia and Autism. Travis will share about the voices he hears. He will also discuss in detail his imaginary friends. Travis will show you what has helped him cope over with this illness and show you how you can help someone suffering from it. You will learn what it is like to hear voices and see things.
The Invisible Friend
By Travis Breeding
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,800. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
The Invisible Friend is Travis' journey through many different mental health diagnosis. You'll meet Travis and his invisible friend Seth in this book that gives valuable insight into the mind of someone living with mental illness. Travis shares how Seth helped him through some difficult times but also got him into trouble. Come meet Travis and Seth in this short, sweet, and simple book.
The Green Dot: Autism and Facebook Friendship
By Travis Breeding
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,310. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
This is a guide book to social networking sites for people with Autism or people who Support individuals on the Autism Spectrum. In this book I'll share my experiences with social networking sites like Facebook. You'll get tips for appropriate Facebook usage. learn about the green dot, and more. Just like in person interactions, there are unwritten rules to making friends on Facebook.
My Life With Autism: Two Book Combo
By Travis Breeding
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 50,980. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
My Life with Autism is my journey through living life with Autism. At the age of 28 I've just learned that I also have Schizophrenia. Living with both of these interesting syndromes has made me a stronger person. In this book you will get two books combined into one. This book serves as a guide book for teaching social skills to children, teens, and young adults on the autism spectrum.
Making Sense Of My Feelings As A Teen With Autism Going Through Puberty
By Travis Breeding
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,390. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
In this book I express my feelings I had during my teenage years as a teen with autism. Watching other kids go through puberty and begin interacting with the opposite sex in different ways than I knew or understood was very frustrating. It is my goal that this book helps you prepare other children for the teenagers years and puberty. Interactive reading for parent and teen.
Autism: Social Thinking and Friendship
By Travis Breeding
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 30,590. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
"Context is King" is a quote by Dr. Peter Gerhardt a Behavior Analyst in the field of Autism. Understanding context is critical for social success. I spent several years trying to master certain social skills. I read books on the subject and even studied with people. You'll learn how Travis learned about social thinking strategies that helped him make friends. It's deeper than a social skill.
The Reality of Living within Two Worlds
By Travis Breeding
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,150. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2013. Category: Essay
What's it like to live and experience Autism? Travis shares his mind and journey with the reader. Come along on his journey and learn about Travis' make believe world that he uses to cope with Autism and the challenges of life. Travis wrote this book with the goal of allowing the reader inside of his mind to see how he thinks, feels, and experiences the world around him. Great educational book.
Growing Up With Autism: My Journal Book Series
By Travis Breeding
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,100. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2013. Category: Essay
Growing Up With Autism is a collection of journal entries from the author Travis Breeding. Travis has autism and hopes to help parents and educators around the world gain better insight into the mind of someone who lives with it every day. The first book in this series contains 20 journals. The journal's are edited for grammar but have not been edited conceptually. They are original writings.