Welcome to my Author Website
I write Quirky
and Science Fiction with a twist;
and Poetry (without the twist).
Hey there! Welcome to this brief dance of words, partner. My name is Quenntis Ashby, and I’m an ingenious invention of my mother’s (with a little help from my dad, of course). I was born, bred, and buttered in South Africa way back in 1976.
I’m a leap year Aquarian from South Africa who likes to jump off the page, onto the stage, and into the airy heights of your imagination. I retired from a performing arts career when the 2003 SARS epidemic ended a Cats Musical tour in Shanghai, China. My lifelong love of the stage influences my work as a creative artist, a teacher, a poet, and a writer working in Taiwan.
I’m married and have three lucky children in various stages of awesomeness. I adore them all.
I spend my days teaching, my evenings parenting and husbanding, and my weekends writing and editing.
I love learning new things and being around interesting people who are as curious about the world as I am. Even though I have completed degrees in Drama & English, Classical Ballet & Dance Musicology, and Creative Writing (Poetry), I am always eager to learn more.
My lifelong dream is to become a Career Author, by writing one email, one poem, one story, one novel, and one day at a time.
I arrived in South Africa in 1976, along with color TV.
I’ve been a creative writer ever since I learned how to write.
I spent half a dozen years pursuing a career as a professional dancer and creative artist in Cape Town. I danced with many companies while creating original dance and music compositions. My dream job was Dance Music Composer-Choreographer.
My dance career ended in June 2003 because of an ankle injury and the SARS coronavirus (SARS-CoV). I lost all 9 lives as a stage kitten called Victor in CATS. And my dreams of global feline fame and fortune? Forever paused in mid-air leap.
The end of one gracefully furred life meant time and space for a new adventure! After an intensive TEFL course, I was back on my two flat feet in no time.
Manifesto in 5
I am always trying to inspire & motivate myself. To keep me on track I make secret promises to myself all the time.
However, these always end up being the easiest to break. I believe breaking a promise becomes almost impossible when I share it with my friends and my family. Because a shared promise becomes infinitely more tangible & real, & I am supported while being truly held accountable.
So, I am sharing my MANIFESTO in 5 with you.
Here are 5 promises I am making to myself for 2020 (& definitely on to infinity and beyond).
This author website & blog is one way of sharing that journey with you.
I pledge to celebrate my rarity. Out of all the billions of people on this planet, I turned out to be me. And there is only one of me. That makes me a very rare creature indeed. So I will be me, and I will celebrate the quirky creature that I am – no matter how odd and different I think I am.