What tips would you give a mom who wants to write a book?
Just write. Sit in the chair as often as you can and tell your story. You will hear and read rules about how to write everywhere, and while you need to know the rules, the conflicting advice can be confusing. Treat all the writing rules (Write what you know! Write every day! etc.) more like guidelines in the heat of the creative process. For every writing “rule” that’s out there, you can point to examples of how it was successfully broken.
All the successful published writers I know are the ones who never gave up. It is the universal, common denominator. Be the writer who never gives up, and you will find success. And also, just write.