Leaving IBM in 1990 to begin a full-time writing career, Bell also became interested in electric vehicles. After converting a VW beetle to electric with a conversion kit, she began building, racing, repairing, designing, and racing electric cars. From 1992 to 1999 also became the editor of the Electric Auto Association's (a nationwide US electric car club) monthly newsletter, Current Events. As part of the Women's Electric Racing Team, she competed in the Arizona Public Service utility company's APS Solar and Electric 500 and APS Electrics electric vehicle races, held in Phoenix, Arizona from 1993 to 1997.
She also turned her electric vehicle experience into a profession, working as an electric vehicle engineer for CALSTART and private companies until 2003.
Bell found to her surprise that books written nearly twenty years ago still had fans and had been kept alive on the Internet. The first four Ratha titles were reissued as Firebird paperbacks in Summer and Fall 2007, and a new book, Ratha's Courage, was published by Imaginator Press in October, 2008. January 2013 saw the launch of a kickstarter project to create a graphic novel e-book of the first Ratha title. 
Bell and her husband live in the hills west of Patterson, California, where they have built their own solar, wind and hydroelectric systems.
Contacts with fansEdit
Clare Bell is noteworthy for being very close to fans: she often visits the artistic site Deviantart, drawing arts herself (sketches and studios of Named anatomy), commenting fan-arts and answering questions and curiosity.
Deviantart Page: http://rathacat.deviantart.com/
Is supposed that the resurgence of Books of the Named saga after 2007/2009 (with the publication of Ratha's Courage and other minor works), has been also motivated by the contacts and the supports given by fans and Clare Bell has often repeatedly thanked her readers online.
Books of the NamedEdit
Main books: Ratha's Creature (orig. 1983), re-issue 2011, ISBN 978-1-936917-01-3 Clan Ground (orig. 1984), re-issue 2010, ISBN 978-0-9745603-7-3 Ratha and Thistle-chaser (orig. 1990), re-issue 2010, ISBN 978-09745603-8-0 Ratha's Challenge (orig. 1991), re-issue 2011, ISBN 978-09745603-9-7 Ratha's Courage (2008) Paperback ISBN 978-0-9745603-6-6,from Imaginator Press, e-book published by E-Reads
Other short novels in Books of the Named saga: Bonechewer's Legacy in the Firebirds Soaring (2009) anthology of speculative fiction edited by Sharyn November.
Ratha's Island (2009) electronically published on Twitter, archived http://forum.rathascourage.com/index.php?showtopic=156
Other works: Clare Bell was involved in both the production of the adaptation of Ratha's Creature as tv animation and as graphic novel (currently WIP).
Ancient Tahiti series: (collaboration with M. Coleman Easton, published under pseudonym Clare Coleman) Daughter of the Reef (1992) ISBN 0-515-11012-4 Sister of the Sky (1993?) Child of the Dawn (1994?)
Other short novels The Hunting of Lord Etsalian's Daughter in Tales of the Witch World, edited by Andre Norton The Damcat in the CatFantastic anthology series edited by Andre Norton Bomber and the Bismarck (same) A Tangled Tahitian Tale (same)