Yes, MPARNTWE has arrived.

The Australian paperback version is now in print and the process of finding an outlet can begin.

The International paperback version is available worldwide through Amazon.

More details on the purchase page.

There is a slight glitch with the Kindle edition which I hope will be overcome by tomorrow.


This morning I had that special moment of holding the first physical  copy of MPARNTWE in my hands. 🙂

BUT! HOW’S THIS FOR SPECIAL TREATMENT!  – There was a hiccup in production and completion took longer than expected so the partners of TENDERPRINT took it on themselves to hand deliver the proof. This involved an early start and a drive of over an hour and a half from Geelong and right across Melbourne and then the same to return.

I call that ‘going the extra mile’. – thank you TENDERPRINT.

And, the book looks GREAT! – thank you again TENDERPRINT.

Ahead of me is the last check through of the proof copy and then printing will be able to go ahead for the Australian version.



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The graphics for the front and back cover of Mparntwe have been finalised and you can see them by clicking on the MPARNTWE menu.

The front cover appears before the excerpt from the story. Scroll to the end of the excerpt to see the back cover and the kind comments I mentioned a couple of posts ago.

My thanks go to Luke of Working Type Studio for all his work and making all the finicky changes I kept asking for. Here’s a link to his website:



Yes, I’m saying big a thank you to the five kind readers who have allowed me to use their comments on the back cover of Mparntwe.

Look what they said.

‘Just amazing! You’ve brought my thirsty soul a draught of refreshment.’  – Marlin Schorr

‘The adventure of Mirrigan and Jarra is both heartwarming and exciting.’  – Dathi Youngman

‘This is such a fantastic and moving story. Thank you for this treasure.’  – Wolflady

‘I particularly like your gently humane characters and your wonderful finale brought me to happy tears.’  – Brian M

‘You have touched my soul. Emotions I haven’t felt in such a long time overwhelmed me.’ – Jim Gaff

Thank you Marlin, Dathi, Wolflady, Brian and Jim.

Movement with MPARNTWE.

A great deal has been happening with Mparntwe and this second tale of the Terran Diaspora is rushing towards publishing.

In fact the printers are eager to go ahead and are waiting for the pdf document to arrive.

There is a good chance the Australian paperback will arrive within two or three weeks.

Newspaper Interview

12 May 2017 10:32 AM .


By Derek Schlennstedt

Healesville resident and freelance writer Peter Wood has taken his first foray into the world of published fiction after his book Attunga was published on 11 March 2017.
The tales of the Terran Diaspora portray events occurring in the 22nd century, 200 years in the future.
The book, ‘Attunga,’ Aboriginal for higher place, follows three protagonists, Wirrin, Thom and Calen and their adventures while living in a large great habitat floating in space near an asteroid belt.
But when Calen encounters a baby dolphin with special abilities, life on the great space habitat changes forever and he and his friends become involved in a conflict over domination of the solar system.
Peter takes his inspiration from Ray Kurzweil’s singularity, a non-fiction book that delves into artificial intelligence and the future of humanity.
Attunga, although being set in a futuristic world encompasses varying degrees of traditional Aboriginal names and values.
Peter said the book started as a short story but once he began writing it ended up being over 400 pages long.
“The tales originally started as a mind game about what the future might hold after reading singularity by Ray Kurzweil, who is a futurist.
“I started roughing out specifications for a self-contained space habitat with considerable living space and the technology needed to sustain it and then one night, from out of nowhere, came the idea of writing a short story to show what life on such a space city might be like,” said Mr Wood.
“And of course it went from being a short story to a big novel.”
The book took a year and half to write and Mr Wood has plans to write a prequel called ‘Mparntwe,’ which is set 100 years before ‘Attunga’.
You can buy the book at Peter’s website