“I want to take my turn to tell the stories in ways that I think best.” –
Interview with Jim Aylesworth
Jim Aylesworth is an American picture
book author who was born in 1943 in Jacksonville, Florida. He now lives
and writes in Chicago, Illinois. In this interview, Jim talks about his
books, his love for fairytales, reading and writing.
Voicu Mihnea Simandan: You have been a storywriter for most of your life. How has your writing evolved over time?
Jim Aylesworth: I think everything evolves, but
often so gradually that it goes unnoticed. However, when I look back at
some of my early books, they strike me as a bit naïve, so I know I have
changed. It’s like my autograph… From the beginning, I’ve been signing
my autograph. Gradually, it has changed, and I can’t explain why, nor
can I return to the way I signed in the beginning. It’s curious – like
I’m a different person.