Becca Mann was throwing up in the middle of the ocean at 2 AM on her way to a world record to become the first person to swim a 40 mile channel in Hawaii when she decided to write about the survival of the human spirit. At 13, Becca left home and became a nomadic professional athlete, where she traveled the world with 8 Olympians and self-published a novel. Those experiences are why Becca writes about confident fish-out-of-water women suffering from wanderlust in fantastic worlds.
Becca graduated with a BFA in Writing for Screen and Television at the University of Southern California and previously worked as the Script Coordinator on Apple TV’s The Morning Show, Showrunner’s Assistant on Amazon’s The Wilds and as the Writers’ PA on Freeform’s Cruel Summer. Her screenplay Exiled was a 2x finalist in the 2020 Austin Film Festival and the winner of the 2021 ISA Fast Track Historical Genre and her pilot Soar is a semifinalist in the Humanitas Carol Mendelson category.
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. 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 incredible undiscovered worlds (okay, if the worlds were guaranteed before blast off and the travel time was less than a year, 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 series and aspires to ignite hope through her writing.
Becca is currently represented by Colleen Washington at Fourth Wall Management.