Muffintopmommy is a humorous take on life written by a proud smartass who believes humor can be found everywhere. Mommy Mixology: A Cocktail for Every Calamity, is a funny cocktail book highlighting the calamities moms face from conception to...

Janet is a winner of Top 25 Book Author Moms - 2012

What tips would you give a mom who wants to write a book?

My best suggestion is to just write every day and don't make excuses---if it's important to you, you'll find the time, steal the time, do what you need to do to practice your craft. And you need to practice your craft and expect it will probably take time---a runner doesn't just show up to a Marathon and expect to finish the race if she hasn't been doing the work for months and months. And writing is no different--most people aren't published overnight without many fits and starts and probably more fits! :)

And never, never give up---even when others try to discourage you---and they will. You have to have the self discipline and have to want it. I think the main difference between a published writer and one who isn't is the published writer never gave up. The author of the Help was rejected something like 61 times before her book was picked up---what if she gave up on the 20th? 34th? 60th try? Maybe no one would have blamed her, but her lovely book would be sitting in a desk drawer somewhere! And what a shame that would be. You have a voice--do your best to share it.

How do you balance writing and motherhood?

I'm home with my kids and don't have much solo time during the day, if any, so 95% of my writing happens when they're sleeping or on the weekends. Which works fine for me because I'm a total night person. I know others who write insanely early in the morning (nooooooo!). If you have a day job or are home with the kids, it really is possible to squeeze in the writing time! (Granted, I haven't made it to the gym in a there's that ever loving muffin top that hangs on as I write!)

Where do you find writing inspiration?

Everywhere. I find writing inspiration everywhere. Obviously my three boys are rich in material, ahem, but if you look around, there is always stuff to write about, especially the funny! Funny is ALL over---no need to even make it up (I'm looking at you, fiction writers!). But seriously, I've written about everything from crazy Groupon items that are for sale to getting sucked into Pinterest to me killing all our pet fish. I hope people will relate with what I have to say.