Author Interview: Mana by Asher Tensei

Welcome to Author Asher Tensei.

Although Asher Tensei is relatively young, he has already traveled the world as he has been a military brat since the age of four. He has always wanted to share his creative writing, and it was in Germany that he realized people also really enjoyed reading his stories. Mana was composed shortly after and it instantly got the support of a small but enthused local readership. Few could believe that Asher had written a full length novel during his fifteen minute breaks while working at Burger King. He is very passionate about the fantasy genre and graciously gives thanks to the one series that made him realize that writing high concept YA fantasy was something he wanted to do–The Twilight Saga.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Mana uniquely encompasses the YA genre by introducing a new type of magic, it won’t disappoint!

What’s your favorite season/weather?
Fall, hands down. I love the inspirational feeling I get from the color and the breeze. Not to mention that I love fall/winter fashion!

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
I’ve actually been pondering this for a while. I would say ‘Torch Song’ by AFI. The song describes how someone could give everything away for the sake of love and it matches my book perfectly! However, my personal theme would be “So Appalled” by Kanye West lol.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors? 
Don’t give up! I know it sounds corny and all that, but you just have to realize success doesn’t happen overnight. Keep at it and your patience will be rewarded.

If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be and why?
Poseidon!!!! OMG Poseidon lol. The ability to control water at that level would be like controlling life itself. Not to mention that he can take down Zeus like clockwork.

Who are your favorite authors of all time?
Edgar Allen Poe introduced me to the wonders of dark romanticism. Not everything has a happy ending, but the ending can still be glorified. I also love the works of Shakespeare; the both of them make me an unstoppable writer.

How do you react to a bad review?
The same way I do with a good review. It’s okay to notice them, but not okay to harp over them, simply because it’s just someone else’s opinion. Not everyone will like your book, but that’s cool because it happens to everyone. I just keep telling myself I did my best. I won’t let someone else’s negativity impact my life. Just keep it moving…way more fish in the sea!

If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
Kanye (he’d be paying, lol), Drake (we’d maybe talk the most), Justin Beiber (one fly dude), Wiz (he’s skinnier than me, so I’d be bigger by comparison :P), and Kevin Hart (not a single non-laughable moment.) It’s be an interesting dinner to say the least.

Write a Haiku about your book
In an onyx stone
Lies a power so tempting
You’ll want as your own
I absolutely love Haiku. Thanks for giving me the chance to come up with one of my own for my book!

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I love rapping! It’s like a spoken art and to be honest, I can lay down some tight rhymes lol. I really want to be featured on some of my favorite artist’s tracks. It’s a big dream, but big dreamers make the world go round!


Eurich is thrown into a seemingly ill-fated destiny. After learning of his legendary magic, he is convinced that he alone must stop an impending doom, but nothing is ever as it seems. His best friends Jason and Raine try their best to help him save the world, but help isn’t what he needs —he needs a way across the barrier. Despite this fate thrust upon him, Eurich knows what is coming. The world is headed toward Chaos due to a weakening barrier between Earth and a world that has been hidden for millennia. Our world is about to take a sharp turn for the worse. Extra moons are rising in the sky, and panic is at an all-time high. Worst of all, there are no explanations. Saving the world begins with a choice —but is humanity worth him risking his own life?