Lunching with Author Dale Engelson Sessa
Maya Angelou said: “There is no greater agony than bearing the weight of an untold story inside of you.”
And that’s exactly how Dale Sessa writes her autobiography, All the Queen’s Men, a Memoir. Her name may or may not be familiar, but she instinctively knows how to pen a book you won’t want to stop reading.
At lunch at The Avalon’s Oliverio Restaurant, Dale recounted some of the tales, starting with her father, with whom she had a difficult relationship. The author doesn’t hold back. “It was the way I had to do it.”
Jason, a very attentive waiter, had no idea his regular customer was an author. “I’ll have to hit Amazon,” he said. And the entire staff knew her name and the location of her regular table.
Fighting allergies, the author teared up when she recounted a conversation she had with Joe Sessa, her third husband. Not only would he have to read about himself, he’d have to read about her amorous past. “When you’re dating, you talk about these things. I can’t tell you how supportive he was when he finished the book. We communicate like no one else.”
The book goes into her past marriages, some long-term relationships, as well as casual hookups. “As I was writing and remembering, it got me thinking about why I chose certain men. I’m so glad it has a happy ending!”
She and her husband reside in Beverly Hills and recently purchased a weekend home in Rancho Mirage. “He’s a golfer, which I’m not. He’ll be in heaven with over 100 golf courses in the Coachella Valley!” The duo has traveled around the world twice after working vigorous life-long hours. Dale retired some time after marrying Joe to spend quality time with him. “But retirement didn’t exactly suit me.” She is working on her second book, this one fiction.
From 1995 to 2010, she was the owner of a design and interior architecture firm, Design Works Inc. She has also written screenplays.
Formerly Dale Engleson, she was the first woman to operate her own TV production company, D. Productions Inc. where she produced commercials for Proctor and Gamble, Pepsi, and Ford Motors.
When many first time authors are self publishing, Dale managed to procure a publisher, Dunham Books. “An agent had shopped it around. I was very fortunate. A good friend of mine was working on a book with Alana Stewart (about Farrah Fawcett) and helped connect me.”
The book contains almost as much sex as in a Jackie Collins novel. “I am not embarrassed. It was my life.” (That includes an unhappy tale of losing her virginity to her first husband, through wonderful romantic liaisons with her current husband, and everything in between. She takes us from Orangeburg, South Carolina, to Philadelphia, to early family trips where she stayed at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, to New York and Vancouver.
Sue Facter owns a news agency that specializes in the luxury brand. Her work appears in USA Today, Los Angeles Times, and Women’s Day Australia, as well as on broadcasts and the web.