Becca Mann found out last July she would have to make major revisions in the script that would have her swimming in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Part of that task is easy, given that no U.S. Olympic swimming hopeful could be more qualified than Mann to do such rewriting.
After all, she was a published author by age 16. Mann’s young adult fantasy novel, the 322-page “The Stolen Dragon of Quanx,” came out in October 2014. It is the first installment of her planned Eyes Trilogy.
And she has been accepted into the writing for screen and television program at the University of Southern California’s renowned School of Cinematic Arts, whose alums include Hollywood superstar writers like Melissa Rosenberg (“The Twilight Saga”), Shonda Rhimes (“Scandal”) and Matthew Weiner (“Mad Men”).
The tough part is while Mann still has complete control over how “The Eyes Trilogy” will end, the plot line of her Olympic story became far less certain after she failed to make the U.S. team in open water swimming.