Jeannie Ralston’s first book, The Unlikely Lavender Queen: A Memoir of Unexpected Blossoming, was recently published by Doubleday Broadway. Her work has been published in Life, Time, National Geographic, The New York Times, Smithsonian, Audubon, Texas Monthly, Glamour, Conde Nast Travele and Travel & Leisure. She is a contributing editor at Parenting magazine. This month, she is launching a give-back program called The Seed Campaign. She will return a portion of every book sold via her website, www.jeannieralston.com, to a worthy cause, such as a pueblo in Mexico that is growing lavender as a cash crop so that the men don’t have to leave to work in the United States. She lives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, with her husband, National Geographic photographer Robb Kendrick, and their two sons.