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Katherine Mezzacappa


Katherine Mezzacappa is Irish but currently lives in Carrara, between the Apuan Alps and the Tyrrhenian Sea. Writing as Katie Hutton, she has published four historical novels with Bonnier Zaffre, The Gypsy Bride, The Gypsy’s Daughter, Annie of Ainsworth’s Mill and The Maid of Lindal Hall. Writing as herself, The Maiden of Florence will be published by Fairlight in April 2024 and The Ballad of Mary Kearney by Addison & Highsmith in spring 2025.


Katherine’s short fiction has been published by Ireland’s Own, Erotic Review, The Copperfield Review, Henshaw Press, Ariel Chart, Asymmetry, Turnpike, Yours, My Weekly and in anthologies. As Kate Zarrelli she is also the author of short romances Tuscan Enchantment and The Casanova Papers (Romaunce Books) with a romcom, Coincidentally, in Venice in press. She has in addition published academically in the field of 19th century ephemeral illustrated fiction, and in management theory.

Katherine has been awarded competitive residencies by the Irish Writers Centre, the Danish Centre for Writers and Translators and (to come) the Latvian Writers House.

​Katherine also works as a manuscript assessor and as a reader and judge for an international short story competition. She has in the past been 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 Society of Authors, the Historical Novel Society, the Irish Writers Centre, the Irish Writers Union, Irish PEN/PEN na hÉireann and the Romantic Novelists Association, and reviews for the 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.

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