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 two 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 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.

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 feel’ of the idea. My problem not knowing which tom 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.