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Clare Bell has always loved big cats. This interest, coupled with her interest in prehistoric mammals led to her first novel, Ratha's Creature
, a young adult work that was an A.L.A. and PEN award-winner. Since then she's written three more young adult novels, two in the Ratha series, and one science fiction novel, People of the Sky
She has also co-written three Polynesian prehistoric novels, under the name Clare Coleman.
Before and during her writing career, the author analyzed seawater aboard the USGS San Francisco Bay research ship Polaris, clerked in a bookstore, hauled fish on a tuna boat, nursed cats in a veterinary clinic and worked for twelve years as an IBM manufacturing equipment engineer. She belongs to the Electric Auto Association, contributes to its newsletter, Current Events, and drives a VW Baja Bug that she converted from gasoline to battery power.
She lives amid "creative clutter" in San Jose, California.