Mary Lou co-founded Fireship Press with her husband, Tom, in 2007. After 20 years as a college professor and entrepreneur, Tom published a successful golf book.
Combing a love of the sea, history, writing and educating authors about the publishing business, Fireship Press was born. To incorporate non-historical, non-nautical books, a subsidiary of Fireship Press, Cortero Press was initiated.
After Tom’s untimely death in 2011 and the support of the Fireship team, Mary Lou moved out of the back room functions and assumed solo responsibility for the operations.
Jacqueline ‘Jacquie’ Cook,Production Editor — is a graphic designer and business and marketing consultant. Jacqueline holds several professional certificates from UC San Diego, Digital Arts Center, including Visual Communications, Graphic and Web Design, Multimedia, and Video Production and Editing. She also has an Associates Degree in Christian Ministry. Her varied career spans eight years as a Buyer for Titleist Golf, several years as an Account Manager bidding and procuring for government contracts and almost a decade being self-employed as a freelance Graphic Designer.
Marguerite ‘Margi’ Wainio, Editor — is a writer, editor, researcher, publicist, artist, psychotherapist, and consultant all in one small package. Marguerite holds a B.A. in Literature and Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, and an M.A. in Psychology from Antioch University. Her life experience includes forty-five years of professional researching, writing, and editing; twenty years as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Santa Fe, New Mexico; and fifty years thrilling learning of new skills and the mastery of old ones as a metalsmith, jeweler, and hot glass artist. She also teaches Creative Writing at Central Arizona College.