Katherine Mezzacappa is Irish but now lives in Carrara, between the Apuan Alps and the Tyrrhenian Sea, with her Italian husband and two teenage sons. She writes mainly historical fiction on the themes of love and culture clash. Her début novel, The Chapel Girl and the Gypsy, which deals with the impact of a group of Romani Gypsies on a close-knit Primitive Methodist community in 1920s Oxfordshire, will be published in 2019 by Bonnier Zaffre. She is currently writing its sequel.
Katherine’s short fiction (ranging from commercial to historical to paranormal themes) has been published by Ireland’s Own, Erotic Review, The Copperfield Review, Henshaw Press and Severance and others, and she also writes short romances under the pseudonym Kate Zarrelli (eXtasy Books). She has in addition published academically in the field of 19th century ephemeral illustrated fiction, and in management theory.
Katherine has worked as a management consultant, translator, museum curator, library assistant, lecturer in History of Art, sewing machinist and geriatric care assistant. In her spare time she volunteers with a second-hand book charity of which she is a founder member.
Katherine is a member of the Historical Novel Society and the Romantic Novelists Association, and reviews for Historical Novel Review. She has a first degree in History of Art from UEA, an M.Litt. in Eng. Lit. from Durham and a Masters in Creative Writing from Canterbury Christ Church.