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, 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. 


She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a concentration in health psychology. 

In addition, Valerie created the pop astrology brand, Big Cosmic Energy. She’s an “astrology buff” and has studied the personality traits associated with zodiac signs as well as psychological astrology for over a decade. Her sun sign is Scorpio.


She also produces custom content for brands and has worked with companies such as Peet’s Coffee, Sony Pictures, and more.

Valerie is multiracial with Mexican, Spanish-Moroccan (from Casablanca), and European Jewish roots and has spent many years building and collecting documents for her family tree. In her free time, she can often be found reading, singing and writing music, interrupting birth charts, and also binge-watching TV shows with her husband, Brent McCluskey. 


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