About

The Quick Profile

Hi, I’m Ana Abdullah, a new writer who adds a unique Southeast Asian flavour to the Mystery fiction genre. My blog, Ditinta, is where I share my free stories, ranging from a cozy mystery to a paranormal one. Updated weekly, Ditinta is a wonderful companion to all avid readers of the Mystery genre. I hope you’ll enjoy exploring with me the curious nature of humanity when faced with the unknown.


The Detailed Profile

What Is Ditinta?

Ditinta can be interpreted as ‘being inked’ or ‘being written’ in the Malay- Indonesian language.

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As a writer, I add a unique Southeast Asian flavour to the Mystery fiction genre. It can be a tad spicy and sweet and, Insha Allah, you’ll find my stories delicious. My characters are mostly Muslim adults immersed in the Malay-Indonesian and Western cultures. My stories are often set in Singapore’s colourful heartlands and occasionally, other parts of Southeast Asia.

But most of all, I explore the curious nature of humanity when faced with the unknown. Will they fight for their lives to find out the truth? Or, will they freeze in fear as the unknown overwhelms them? Fascinating, isn't it?

Launched in 2018, Ditinta is where I share my free stories, ranging from a cozy mystery to a paranormal one. Updated weekly, this unique blog is a wonderful companion to all avid readers of the Mystery genre.

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The microstories are only one or two pages long, easily read within a minute or two. Short stories are more intense and therefore require more than five pages. Chapters are part of a short novel, uploaded one at a time. Yes, the suspense of waiting will kill you — figuratively, of course. The Discover section is where I share my literary discoveries from local to international writers in the Mystery genre, and much more.




But Who Is Ana Abdullah?

Actual Tiny Space, ©2018, Ana Abdullah
Assalamualaikum, Hello, sudah makan, have you eaten? I’m Ana, a new writer in her beautiful forties, typing away in a storage room of our small flat in Singapore. With the tropical humidity and intense plotting, things can get pretty hot in this windowless space.

I write and study the writing craft on my own, striving to post my stories here on a weekly basis. Of course, delays still happen because of Real Life but, InSha Allah, the wait will be worth it.

As I'm new, you will notice me experimenting with characters, plot, style and many more. Mistakes will be inevitable but I hope you will enjoy my learning process and help me along too!

But why am I faceless? I would love for you to enjoy my stories, not me. I don't have a flamboyant personality. Had been called ‘too grungy’ by some. I’m one of those friends who prefer to lurk in the background while I observe.

An INTJ, you see.


How Can You Support As A Reader?

My stories are always free to read on Ditinta (and also on Wattpad). It'll make my day, no, my year, when you subscribe to Ditinta. You’ll get instant access to new stories and many other mysterious discoveries in your inbox.

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And when you follow and contact me on social media via #Ditinta, it would make me feel so less lonely in my tiny windowless room. The resounding chirp on my phone gives such great joy to my fragile writer’s heart.

Masha Allah, the best part happens when you leave a comment and share at the end of each story post. If there are stories you like, let me know. If there are some that aren't good, I’m open to criticisms and suggestions to improve. But if you troll me, well, remember to lock your doors at night — what, hey, no, no, I’m a really nice person, really!

With your incredible support, I hope to be a published author soon.

Thank you for reading this far. Enjoy your stay on Ditinta.com.

Your Mystery Writer,
Ana Abdullah

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