Welcome to my Author Website
I write Quirky Science Fiction
and Fantasy Adventures
with a Twist of Lemon;
and Poetry with a Pinch of Salt.
I arrived in Taiwan in September 2003.
Performing Arts prepared me to teach English using my speech and drama skills in the language classroom.
I soon developed a daily writing habit to help me make sense of this new stage in my working life. I wrote articles on Redroom. I put my first novel on Authonomy, where I met poets from around the world. The result? Two online poetry threads, which became 2 unique books of collaborative poetry. I then blogged on Weebly and WordPress.
I found my way back to the stage and worked with many amateur and professional companies in Taiwan. Over 5,000 Changhua County students experienced the 2 drama tours and 3 Travelling Tales Storytelling Projects I was involved in.
I joined Rainbow Time Kids’ Monthly Magazine as a staff writer, editor, and voice recording artist while completing my MFA in Hong Kong. I helped develop the magazine’s interactive educational design, which I’m immensely proud of. Co-hosting weekly radio storytelling programs for ICRT for two years was a big highlight.
I continue to write, record, and edit stories for Rainbow Time. And I still enjoy performing and creating work for the page and the stage.
About Quenntis Ashby
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 Career Author dream becomes real by writing one email, one poem, one story, one novel, and one day at a time. And, by the end of 2021, making at least one YouTube video and one Podcast episode of A Body of Words.
Manifesto in 5 Affirmations
I pledge to celebrate my rarity.
I promise to continue the dream of my ancestor(y)s.
I will be Quenntis.
I am before I do.
I honor my muse.
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.