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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.

Her début historical novel as Katie Hutton, The Gypsy Bride, was published by Zaffre in June 2020 and will be followed in 2021 by a sequel, The Gypsy’s Daughter. 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 and My Weekly, and in anthologies with the Bedford International Writing Competition, 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 member of the Irish Writers Centre, the Irish Writers Union, 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 for the writing of a Renaissance novel, Giulia of the Albizzi (on submission). Katherine is a regular reviewer for the Historical Novel Society and 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.


The Gypsy Bride

Harvest time in the Chilterns, 1922. A Gypsy falls in love with a lonely girl in a close-knit Evangelical community. Opposed on all sides, they risk losing everything – perhaps even their lives.

‘Katie Hutton transports you to a forgotten England in this poignant story of star-crossed lovers. A triumph!’ Catherine Kullman, author of The Duke of Gracechurch Trilogy

‘The history is meticulous and fascinating and the character of Sam Loveridge is absolutely captivating – I can still hear his voice perfectly, months after finishing.’ Julie Cohen, bestselling author of The Two Lives of Louis and Louise

‘A moving love story, brilliantly depicting the dynamic between settled communities and gypsies.’ Patricia O’Reilly, author of The First Rose of Tralee

‘A family saga that had me hooked from the first page.’ Lynn Johnson, author of The Girl from the Workhouse

‘The Gypsy Bride is an enthralling and well-researched saga.’ Lancashire Evening Post

‘A richly evoked, completely involving story of love, loss and redemption. So satisfying.’ Liz Woodcraft, author of The Girls from Greenway

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