Valerie Tejeda (pronounced teh-heh-dah) is an author and internationally published journalist who specializes in stories about pop culture, mental health, and wellness.
With over 300 articles published, her bylines have appeared in publications such as Self Magazine, Vanity Fair, MTV, Teen 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 and Self-Care for the Signs. The first, a self-care guide teaching you how to use the moon and it's "magic" to live your best life, and a second guide tailored specifically for your zodiac sign. Both will be published by Audible Originals. 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.
Valerie also produces custom social media content for brands and has worked with companies such as Peet’s Coffee, Sony Pictures, and more.
In addition, she is the founder and content creator/designer of the pop astrology brand, Big Cosmic Energy. She’s spent over a decade studying astrology and the personality traits associated with zodiac signs, birth charts, as well as psychological astrology. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a concentration in health psychology.
In her free time, she can often be found reading, writing music and singing, interpreting birth charts , collecting documents for her ancestral tree, and also binge-watching TV shows with her husband, Brent McCluskey.
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