"Well, that's all well and good. And it does make sense. I mean, I understand it, for sure. But, I still have a question."
"Are you telling me that you really were a successful writer?"
"Oh that. Why... yes... of course."
"Well, um... then, why have I never heard your name before meeting you here?"
"Oh. Hahahaha. That's easy. Of course I used a pseudonym. I wasn't writing precisely the kind of thing I'd like my real name to appear on, if you know what I mean. And besides, I have a half-crazy daughter who's convinced that every book I write is based on her. She's a bit of a narcissist."
"Oh. Well. Yes. I see."