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Katie Powell is a bookkeeper and licensed real estate agent in Central Florida. Her vast experience includes over fifteen years as a legal assistant and a business owner. She currently works part time at The Villages in the sales department. 

Emily Selleck is the youngest obstinate daughter and recently completed her BA in Music from Lee University where she toured with acclaimed a capella group The Voices of Lee. She currently works part time at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and teaches vocal performance at GPS and privately. 

Emily Selleck,


Cassie Selleck is a novelist and storyteller and recently received her BFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. As a former Outreach Coordinator for a tri-county public library cooperative, Cassie has extensive experience in developing and presenting workshops for participants of all ages. 

Patricia Walker holds an MFA in Acting from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is currently a Senior Instructor in the Communications and Rhetoric Department at University of South Carolina teaching Public Speaking. She has been instrumental in creating workshops for writers, developing techniques for accessing character based on methods of actor training.

Patricia Walker,


​Katie Powell,


In 2012, our mother Cassie Dandridge Selleck self-published her first completed novel. Like most writers, she had always been told not to expect to make a living in the industry. With nothing to lose, she set out to independently publish The Pecan Man.

Having now sold over 150,000 books world wide in less than four years, she IS making a living - and a good one - and she is joyfully living a writer's life.

Some people say her experience is an anomaly, that this level of success is rare and probably can't be repeated. But she and her obstinate daughters say, "Oh, yes it can." 

We believe there are many writers out there with similar potential, good stories waiting to be told and an audience waiting to hear them. Our goal is to supply the same tools and creative support that helped our mom achieve self-publishing success.

Her second novel, What Matters in Mayhew, ​was published by Obstinate Daughters Press in October 2016. 

Creative Team