04:52AM, Tuesday 18 February 2014
An author is donating all proceeds from her most recent book to a Maidenhead charity.
'Ruby in the Dust', by Julie Farrell, is a self-published romantic novel set in the town and all proceeds will go to The Link Foundation.
Julie, of Farm Road, spoke about her connection to the town and why she chose to give the profits away.
"I have lived in Maidenhead most of my life and I know a lot of people are struggling especially at the moment," said the 36-year-old.
"Community is something human beings thrive on, we have that sense of belonging. If we support each other and look out for each other it gives us a nice place to live."
The novel tells the story of the owner of an independent cafe facing eviction who has to put her pride to one side and work with 'professional waster' Alex to save her business.
The author, who also works as a receptionist at Vandervell House in Vanwall Business Park, admits having a 'soft spot' for the town she grew up in.
"I have seen a lot of changes, unfortunately the independent cafes and record shops have been forced out," said the former Newlands' Girls' School pupil.
"I think we need that balance [between corporate chains and independent stores] because it gives us a sense of community."
The Maidenhead-based charity provides grants to disadvantaged children for toys and basic essentials such as food and clothing.