By Lauren Daley
They say to write about what you know, and Waimea Williams knows about two exotic things: growing up in Hawaii and the world of professional European opera singing.
She’s combined them both in her debut novel, “Aloha, Mozart” (2012).
Williams was born and raised on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, where, as a white girl, she was in the minority — only five percent of the island was Caucasian in the 1960s, she told me, and ancient Asian cultures were visible everywhere.
Williams became a professional opera singer, then a computer scientist, and is now a professional writer living near Honolulu. An acclaimed short story writer, Williams has won awards from Glimmer Train, The Lorian Hemingway Competition, and Salamander Review.