Katherine Mezzacappa is Irish but currently lives in Carrara, between the Apuan Alps and the Tyrrhenian Sea. Writing as Katie Hutton, her début novel, The Gypsy Bride, was published by Bonnier Zaffre in 2020 and will be followed in June 2021 by The Gypsy’s Daughter with two further books in preparation for 2022 and 2023. As Katherine Mezzacappa, her novel Giulia of the Albizzi is currently in press with Impress Books.
Katherine’s short fiction has been published by Ireland’s Own, Erotic Review, The Copperfield Review, Henshaw Press, Ariel Chart, Asymmetry, Me First, Turnpike, Yours, My Weekly and in anthologies. As Kate Zarrelli she also writes short romances (eXtasy Books). She has in addition published academically in the field of 19th century ephemeral illustrated fiction, and in management theory.
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.