What inspires Trina Paulus to write the story hope for the flowers?

Trina Paulus actually raises butterflies in her home to help "seed" her community. You can find more information in this article about her:

http://www.parentpaper.com/link2pubs/montclairtimes/page.php?page=15523

Trina Paulus is the author of the book "Hope for the Flowers."