Katherine Mezzacappa

Location: Carrara, Italy
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From Carrickfergus, Katherine Mezzacappa now lives in Italy where she writes mainly historical fiction. She also publishes as Katie Hutton and as Kate Zarrelli.

Writing as Katie Hutton, she published The Gypsy Bride with Zaffre in 2020, followed by The Gypsy’s Daughter in 2021 and Annie of Ainsworth’s Mill in 2022. The Maid of Lindall Hall is now in press for summer 2023. Writing as Katherine Mezzacappa, The Virgin of Florence is in press with Fairlight Books as is The Ballad of Mary Kearney with Addison & Highsmith (Histria). Her short fiction (as Katherine Mezzacappa and Katie Hutton) has appeared in Ireland’s Own, Erotic Review Magazine, The Copperfield Review, Turnpike, Asymmetry, Ariel Chart, Me Too Magazine, Yours, My Weekly, Aspects of History and Forever Endeavour and in anthologies with the Bedford International Writing Competition (where she is now a judge for the Young Writers category), Henshaw Press and Severance Publications. As Kate Zarrelli she is the author of two novellas, Tuscan Enchantment (2019) and The Casanova Papers (June 2020). Katherine is a committee member of the Irish Writers Union, a member of the Irish Writers Centre, the Society of Authors, the Historical Novel Society, the Historical Writers’ Association and the Romantic Novelists Association. She was awarded a Cill Rialaig residency by the Irish Writers Centre in 2019 to work on The Virgin of Florence and in 2022 by the Danish Centre for Writers and Translators at Hald Hovedgård to work on a novel based on the life of the mistress of Samuel Butler. Katherine is a regular reviewer for the Historical Novel Society and was an organiser of the 2022 HNS conference. She is a manuscript assessor for the Literary Consultancy (London) and for the Oxford Editors, as well as being a proofreader for Vintage Edizione, Bari. Katherine holds a Masters in Creative Writing from Canterbury Christ Church University in addition to an MLitt in Eng Lit from Durham and a first degree in History of Art from UEA.

Katherine is represented by Annette Green Authors’ Agency.

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Annie of Ainsworth's Mill

1897: Poverty drives Annie Maguire and her family first from the family farm in the Mournes to work in Andrews Mill in Comber. After her mother dies and her father loses his job, Annie goes with him to make a new start in ‘Little Ireland’, Cleator Moor in Cumberland.

Robert McClure also grew up in County Down. The illegitimate son of a land agent and the cook from the big house, he spent his childhood being moved from pillar to post, never sure who he was or where he belonged. That is until he found himself in Cleator Moor and invited to join the Orange Order, a Protestant Society.

On the 12th of July, day of the Orange March, Annie and Robert meet. Sparks instantly fly, but Annie has been brought up Catholic and is devoted to her community and religion. Brought together by chance, but with backgrounds worlds apart, Annie and Robert will have to fight to be together. But can their love really survive when the weight of the community is against them?

“You can take a man out of the streets of Belfast, but you’ll never take the streets of Belfast out of the man.”

Katie Hutton’s Annie of Ainsworth’s Mill is a gritty, honest, yet ultimately heartwarming story of migration and its effects on the migrant community trying to live and work in a new environment, of men trying to recreate what has been left behind, and women being left to pick up the pieces.

Aidan Morrissey, Historical Novel Society

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