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Valerie Tejeda (pronounced teh-heh-dah) is an author of fiction and nonfiction, an internationally published journalist, and the astrologist and creator of the online pop astrology brand Big Cosmic Energy.

With over 350 articles published, her bylines have appeared in publications such as Self MagazineVanity Fair, MTVTeen Vogue, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Huffington Post, Latina, and more. She is the author of the satirical young adult urban fantasy Hollywood Witch Hunter, published by Bloomsbury in 2015, as well as the upcoming nonfiction books Self Care by the Moon releasing on 9/20/2021 and Self Care by the Signs releasing on 3/15/2022Both will be written and narrated by Valerie and published by Audible Originals. She also has a new soon-to-be announced fiction book releasing in 2022. Valerie's author work is represented by The Bent Agency

She's interviewed celebrities, authors, musicians, fashion designers, and professional athletes for exclusive stories and she's had multiple articles cited in scholarly journals, including Oxford University Press. Her story highlighting the Latino bullying epidemic in schools (published in 2013) earned her national acclaim.

In addition to her passion for writing, Valerie is passionate about astrology for self care and has spent over a decade studying the topic which led to her starting Big Cosmic Energy. She has a BA in psychology and certifications in astrology and sound therapy. 

In her free time Valerie can often be found reading, writing music and singing, interpreting birth charts, drinking iced coffee, and also binge-watching TV shows with her husband, Brent McCluskey. 

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