Becca Mann is a screenwriter and novelist currently working on Season 2 of Freeform’s Cruel Summer as the Writers’ PA. She graduated with a BFA in Writing for Screen and Television at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts and was a finalist in the Austin Film Festival and a semifinalist in the Humanitas Fellowship.
Becca’s passion for stories commenced when she read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe at five years old. Her life was then consumed by books––she was fascinated with the idea that anything was possible through the words on the page. After reading several books with unsatisfactory endings and character choices, Becca decided it was time to sit in the driver’s seat. Before she had reached double digits, she was writing books of her own.
Becca balanced her storytelling passion with her other love: swimming. Becca has been a member of the USA Swimming National Team since she was 14 years old. She was the youngest person to place in the top 10 in 4 events at Olympic Trials and is a 2x USA National Champion. She has represented Team USA at 4 World Championships and is the only person to have consecutively swum the triangle between the Hawaiian islands of Maui, Molokai, and Lanai. This undertaking was inspired by her constant pursuit of challenges and adventure.
Becca’s professional swimming career has allowed her to travel to over 30 countries. She has lived all over the states and was homeschooled through the self-named Mann Homeschool for Gifted Students. She was Valedictorian and sole graduate of the Class of 2016 (yes, it was because the program was that rigorous). During high school, she self-published her first fantasy novel, The Stolen Dragon of Quanx. Some people ask Becca if she regrets that she never had the pleasure of going through “the real high school experience,” but Becca’s seen enough movies to happily trade prom for swimming with spinner dolphins and getting lost in rainforests.
Though she loves exploring and traveling, Becca is terrified of the vastness of outer space and has no desire to go there whatsoever, even if it means missing out on the opportunity to see really cool undiscovered worlds (okay, if the worlds were guaranteed before blast off, she would make an exception).
This enthrallment of worlds different than her own has inspired Becca to write dystopian (not space) sci-fi, fantasy, and period pieces. Becca hopes to one day be the showrunner of her own show in Hawaii and aspires to inspire and change people through her writing.