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 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.
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.
Manifesto in 5
To keep me on track I make secret promises to myself all the time.
However, secret promises end up being the easiest to break.
Breaking an open promise is impossible when I truly share it with the world.
Because then a real promise can be supported by others while I am held accountable.
So, I am sharing my MANIFESTO: 5 promises I am making for 2020 (& on to infinity & beyond).
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.