Valerie Tejeda might write about witch hunters, but she’s always been passionate about paranormal stories and learning about werewolves, vampires and other haunting creatures. As a California-born entertainment journalist turned author, Valerie reports on books, television, pop culture, and uses this research to write novels for teens. Her debut novel, “Hollywood Witch Hunter”, was published in July of this year, but is already going through a re-launch with new cover design and an audio version.
During our interview Valerie Tejeda shares her inspiration for the story, reveals the new cover art, talks about diversity, her inside scoop on her book’s world of witches, and shares advice for young writers.
Valerie has a Mexican/Jewish ancestry on her father’s side and Spanish/Moroccan ancestry on her mother’s. As shown in her debut novel, Hollywood Witch Hunter, Valerie is passionate about not only promoting diversity, but also, writing stories with diverse characters.
More about “Hollywood Witch Hunter”:
Hollywood Witch Hunter is all about sixteen year old, Iris, who knew she was born to fight witches the moment she learned about their nature. She realizes how hostile they are when an A-list actress is murdered when she’s on her watch. But this crime turns out to be the start of something much bigger and more mysterious than Iris first realizes.
As the only girl on the Witch Hunters Special Ops Team, Iris must learn how to fight and defend against these magical beings.But when she meets a boy named Arlo, she discovers that he might be the key to preventing an evil uprising in Southern California.
Together these brave teens are prepared to protect the human race at all costs. Because that’s just what witch hunters do, especially in Hollywood.
Be sure to read more about the new cover reveal and audiobook on USA TODAY LIFE.
Not only does Valerie write about witches and witch hunters, but her stories have appeared on a variety of different publications such as Vanity Fair, MTV, The Huffington Post, Teen Vogue, She Knows, Latina, The Fix, Salon.com, Cosmopolitan, and many more, all supporting diverse topics.
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