By Doug Middleton


Gregory Renz is a debut author and Beneath the Flames is his extraordinary novel that explores themes of race, love, and family.  To write this debut novel, Renz drew on his 28 years as a firefighter serving the citizens of Milwaukee. As a Fire Captain, Renz was involved in a dramatic rescue of two little boys from their burning basement bedroom. This harrowing experience became the catalyst for his novel and his vivid descriptions of life as a firefighter are woven throughout the book.


This action packed story depicts Mitch, the main character, and his emotional struggles adjusting from the life of a rural firefighter to an urban firefighter.


Gregory Renz was inducted into the Wisconsin Fire and Police Hall of Fame in 2006. Upon his retirement in 2008, he decided to follow his passion as a storyteller. As the 2019 Readers’ Favorite International Gold Medal Winner, Gregory Renz is a must see. Grab a copy of Beneath the Flames and pre-register now for his two events.


Catch Renz at “My Journey from Fire Captain to Award Winning Author” on October 14, 2020 at 12:30 PM. He is also participating in the “Debut Author Panel” on October 16, 2020 at 8 PM.

Doug Middleton is a retired school administrator who lives in Sherwood, Wisconsin.  He spends much of his time working on social justice issues by volunteering for a variety of nonprofits in the Fox Valley.  Currently, he is a Fox Cities Book Festival Board Member.