Valerie Tejeda (pronounced teh-heh-dah) is an author and internationally published journalist who specializes in stories about pop culture and wellness.


With over 300 articles published, her bylines have appeared in publications such as Self MagazineVanity Fair, MTVTeen Vogue, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Huffington Post, Latina, and more. Her debut novel, a satirical young adult urban fantasy called Hollywood Witch Hunter, was published by Bloomsbury and Audible. Her author work is represented by The Bent Agency

Valerie's interviewed celebrities, authors, 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. 


She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a concentration in health psychology and has also studied psychological astrology. 


In addition, Valerie created the pop astrology brand, Big Cosmic Energy. She also produces custom content for brands and has worked with companies such as Peet’s Coffee, Sony Pictures, and more.

In her free time she can often be found reading, writing music, and also binge-watching TV shows with her husband, Brent McCluskey, at their home in California. 

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