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 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. And the forthcoming nonfiction books Self-Care by the Moon and Self-Care for the Signs published by Audible Originals. 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. 


Valerie also produces custom 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 an astrology buff who's spent years studying the personality traits associated with zodiac signs as well as psychological astrology. Her sun sign is Scorpio.

Valerie has a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a concentration in health psychology. Her life motto is, "Carve your own path."

She was born and raised in California and is multiracial with Mexican, North African (Casablanca), and 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, writing music, interpreting birth charts, and also binge-watching TV shows with her husband, Brent McCluskey. 


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