When my children were small, they would listen to me read my stories and ask, “Is that true, mom?” My response was “Everything I write is true and some of it really happened.” That promptly mystified them.
I love fiction. The world is difficult enough to deal with, so I like to fictionalize stories. Truth is only important in real life. I always want to make a good story instead of a boring one. Thus, “Don’t listen to your mom. She exaggerates everything.”