Husband of best-selling Benton City author dies

From the Tri-City Herald:

The husband of best-selling author Patricia Briggs died unexpectedly early Monday morning, according to posts to her website and Facebook page.

The couple lived in Benton City, and Mike Briggs acted as a research assistant for his wife’s books. Patricia Briggs writes the Mercy Thompson urban fantasy series.

“It is with a very heavy heart that I write of the passing of one of the finest men I have ever known,” Patricia Briggs’ assistant posted to Facebook Monday.

Mike Briggs ran the couple’s horse farm and kept the Patricia Briggs website up to date, in addition to acting as a research assistant. He previously worked as a chemist, biologist and “computer nerd,” according to the Patricia Briggs website.

Link to the rest at Tri-City Herald and thanks to Matthew for the tip.

Matthew writes:

I met Mike Briggs at one of his wife’s readings/book events a few years ago. He struck up a conversation with me before it started and after a little while he mentioned casually he was her husband. We probably chatted almost an hour. A truly interesting guy with many great life experiences and a funny storyteller in his own right. He did most of the blog posts on Patricia Briggs’s website as well.

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  1. Patricia’s assistant Ann has also updated her Facebook author page with suggestions for donations in Mike’s memory, in case anyone wishes to do so:

    Thank you, everyone, for all your kind words and thoughts. We are getting through this, one step and one day at a time. For those of you who wanted to make a donation in Mike’s name – no pressure to anyone! – Mike had three favorite charities: the Benton Franklin Humane Society (, Wolf Haven (, and the charity where his daughter Amanda works (, but he loved to help his community and the world however he was able, so even a donation to the charity of your own choice would have made him very happy. Mike just wanted to make the world a better place. –Ann

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