"Karla Starr... has a command of the social science literature that would be freakish in a social psychology Ph.D., but who has amassed that knowledge without formal training."    -Chip Heath

Hey there! I'm Karla.

I've written for O, The Atlantic, Slate, Popular Science, and the Guardian. Nerd credit: I reviewed Antifragile for the Los Angeles Times, and appeared on CBS Sunday Morning as an expert on luck. I won an award for the Best Science/Health story from the Society of Professional Journalists.

My first book, Can You Learn to Be Lucky? Why Some People Seem to Win More Often Than Others, was named a Fast Company best book of the year. It took a long time to write.

I wrote my second book, Making Numbers Count: The Art and Science of Communicating Numbers, with Chip Heath, New York Times-bestselling author of Switch and Made to Stick. Simon and Schuster is publishing it on January 11th, 2022.

Let's talk about how personal transformation actually happens and how to craft a well-balanced life.

I'm proud of what I've accomplished, especially because of what it's taken to get there: I'm a class migrant, the first in my family to graduate from college. In 2003, I survived a near-fatal car accident that required brain surgery; because I didn't have health insurance, I had to declare bankruptcy. Seven years ago, I finally started taking my health seriously. Four years ago, I got sober.

I've failed so many times, but because we only want to discuss our successes, I haven't been able to find a lot of what's been useful for me online. Change is often difficult because life is a complex system. With so many moving parts, it's hard to know exactly what blend of things we need to modify for real, lasting transformation to take place.

I publish things here, and on Medium. The best way to keep track of it all is to get my newsletter on Substack. I'm also working on my next book, reading a book, or learning from one of my favorite online sources.

When I'm not reading or writing, I enjoy taking long walks with my dog, Daisy.