When her hair and teeth started falling out, best-selling author Sherrilyn Kenyon had no idea what was wrong.
The novelist, famed for her "Dark-Hunter" series, told Inside Edition she had been dealing with an increasing number of confounding symptoms since the fall of 2014. What initially began as her regularly getting sick after eating or drinking eventually led to the hair and teeth loss, and finally being bedridden.
"If you ran a hand through my hair, you'd pull out an entire handful of hair," Kenyon said. "My hairdresser was so concerned."
One day last year, she had her hair analyzed. To her horror, more than a dozen toxins showed up, she said, including arsenic.
Now, Kenyon is claiming that she is the victim of a plot orchestrated by her estranged husband, Lawrence Kenyon.
Looking back, Sherrilyn said, the signs were there. "For years my husband would never remember how I liked my food, but suddenly he did, and it's weird now that it's like, 'Wait he never remembered that before,'" she said.
Another time, "I was choking on the floor in front of my kid ... and [my son] was sitting there going, 'Dad, Mom's choking.' And he was like, 'Oh, she does that all the time.'"
According to a lawsuit filed against her husband on Jan. 7, he allegedly tried to kill her by poisoning her food and drink for years.
The motive, according to the lawsuit? Cashing in on her multimillion-dollar life insurance policies. In addition, the lawsuit accuses Lawrence of siphoning off money from his wife's private bank accounts.
"I'm worth a lot of money dead," Sherrilyn said when asked why her husband allegedly wanted to kill her. "I think it was just easier to kill me than it was to tolerate me."
The author decided to undergo testing after her husband filed for divorce, revealing the bevy of toxins in her system. When Lawrence moved out, her symptoms improved, the lawsuit states.
In a statement, Lawrence denied the allegations in the lawsuit. "There is no question that Sherrilyn Kenyon is a brilliant fiction writer," he said. "It is apparent, however, that she has irreparably blurred the line between fiction and reality, and these astonishing and unsubstantiated allegations may stand as her best fantasy creation yet."
He also called the entire story a "publicity stunt."
No criminal charges have been filed but an investigation has been opened in Franklin, Tennessee.
Asked if she is 100 percent certain her husband tried to kill her, Sherrilyn replied, "I have no doubts. I have absolutely no doubts."