Caroline Ryder is a culture journalist, best-selling memoir ghostwriter, and screenwriter based in Los Angeles. She holds an MFA in Screenwriting from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and is a member of the Writers Guild of America.

Dirty Rocker Boys (Gallery Books, 2013), the memoir she co-wrote with Sunset Strip icon Bobbie Brown, was named among the “50 greatest rock memoirs of all time” by Rolling Stone magazine. She has contributed to Dazed, The Face, T Magazine, New York Magazine, Flaunt, LA Times, URB, Paper, Monocle, Billboard, and Variety, where she was Style Editor.

What does a journey mean to you?

A journey embarked upon with an open heart, even a short journey, can expand our sense of possibility, and initiate us into the next chapter of our life.

Which country or location most inspires you?

I am in love with the island of Crete, the southernmost landmass in Europe, home to the ancient Minoan civilization, the dittany herb, and more olive trees per capita than anywhere on Earth. The island with its warm waters and people who look you straight in the eye has bewitched me.

Where would you go back to and why?

I return to Joshua Tree, over and over again, because to me, it represents an open invitation to create something new, whether it’s a piece of writing or my entire self.

Insider tip for visiting Los Angeles?

Los Angeles is a city of sunlight and beaches and a fierce creative community that feeds off nature and new ideas. Arrive in LA expecting the cultural density of New York, Paris or London and you’re missing the point–the real LA exists in its people, its open spaces, the music it inspires, and its mindset that invites dreamers to connect. Also, tacos.

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