About the author

Born in 1935 in Kent, England, Ron grew up in ‘Bomb Alley’ during WW2. During a 5-year apprenticeship as a compositor and typographer, Ron met art student Patricia, and they married in 1957. Together they have a daughter, two sons, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. After emigrating to Australia, Ron began writing daily and has amassed many concepts, short stories, manuscripts, and screenplays. His ‘Where the Devil says Goodnight’ script was nominated for a US Heritage and cultural award, and he often uses his fiction to help charities. Ron is a 4th Dan Tae Kwon Do Master and keeps fit teaching Tae Kwon Do. He enjoys making furniture, is passionate about our planet and its wildlife, and believes we should delete the word ‘retirement’ from all languages.

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Winning photo Australia 2014 The most outstanding image of  Older Australian, Ron Shears, I’m dangling by wires.

Old master still gets a kick out of life.


He kicks as if he is an action movie star, uses moves you see only in mixed martial arts fights, and holds a fourth dan black belt in taekwondo – and he was born in 1935.

Meet Ron Shears, the 78-year-old martial arts practitioner from Joondalup who’s showing no signs of slowing. Mr. Shears began taekwondo at 57, decades after he trained in judo in Britain. Now, the senior sensei has axe kicks that would make most young men’s hamstrings quiver in fear.

“The only reason I started was that my asthma had got to the point where I couldn’t even walk upstairs,” Mr. Shears said. “The asthma’s virtually gone.”

His hobby became a passion that he shares each week as a Premier Martial Arts and Fitness Academy teacher in Clarkson. Academy owner and former Australian taekwondo representative Zak Jovanov said Mr. Shears had no fear. “What he can do, I hope to God I can do at 55,” he said.

Mr. Shears could be forgiven for dropping martial arts and focusing on his other passion – writing. “Not until I fall off the perch,” he said. “I’m too busy; I haven’t got the time.” Liam Croy, The West Australian November 26, 2013, 4:38 am

What the critics have said about Ron’s writing:

Some of the comments from various Companies I submitted synopses to for some 40 stories/ideas I’d developed up to 1998. It totaled 27,500 words, a daunting task, you’ll agree. I’ve added at least another 20 since most I’ve merely written about pages to get the idea’s feel. My problem is not knowing which to write first, as I get nudged ‘off-course as another concept keeps me awake at night.

I did not progress as we moved to Australia, and I either lost contact or the companies had moved, so I just kept writing.

Producer Pearl Catlin asked if I’d write a screenplay on ‘spec.’ That story is about SAS Commanding Officer Brig. James Michael Calvert DSO 2 bars. Mad Mike a Chindit.

Sir Kenneth Branagh. Mad Mike, a Chindit. Dear Ron Shears, Thank you for bringing your script MAAD MIKE, A CHINDIT, to my attention. It’s a very clear synopsis, and the story sounds ambitious and intriguing. I am not, however, drawn to the subject matter, and therefore I shall decline your kind offer to participate in bringing it to the screen. Thank you very much for considering me and my best wishes for the project.

[testimonial company=”Working Title Films London Where the Devil says Goodnight and Cast of Eagles, Whilst I found both intriguing and commercial ideas, we are currently developing two WW11 projects, and as such, I can’t see a way in which we’d be able to pursue these with you. Press on with Cast of Eagles.

“Australian Actor” “Bill Kerr”
The best script I’ve read in years. Ask Russell Crowe to read.

award-winning West Australian Director” Andelko Jurin
Just gone through your scenes again, and they are unreal. You are on the gas. We have got a script on our hands. Again, this is a vivacious piece, and you’ve set your war arena up well. This is obviously your strongest point as a writer.