Assassins Wall


Jun 11 2014

Why the Color Green?

I forgot to tell you all something. It occurred to me the other day when I was thinking about Paris, and the book. I had yet to explain to you how truly important the color green was to shaping the story.

Now, if you will indulge me... A few blogs ago I wrote about how I got the idea in 2010 for the book. The initial genesis, as it were. (Sidenote: I love saying as it were.. or nevertheless. It's fun flowery language I feel the British have a true grasp of and also because it reminds me of Tolkien.)

I realized I forgot to mention something to you about this dream. Probably because I didn't write it in my dream journal, but it was a key aspect to it; the anchor that helped me choose Gare de Lyon. In my dream there was the color green. 

When I woke up I looked online at the different Paris train stations: Gare du Nord, Gare Montparnasse, Gare de l'Est, Gare de Saint-Lazare, Gare de Bercy, Gare d'Austerlitz. Why list all the stations in Paris for you? Well, I need you to understand there weren't just two choices here. I had 7. 

Gare du Nord looked red... so forth and so on. I finally saw a few pictures inside Gare de Lyon taken from the balcony in front of Le Train Bleu--didn't know that at the time. And I saw two large trees sitting in the middle of the station. That's it, two trees. In my mind this was the green color I kept seeing. It must have been refering to the plants inside the station.

Remember in 2010, before Instagram and Pinterest were the life blood of our culture, varied pictures of Paris train stations weren't too plentiful. Always the same shot from the same angle. So with the few choices I had, I guessed and picked Gare de Lyon. It had plant life giving it the green color from my dream.

OK, here is where it gets weird/interesting... A little more than a year ago a friend of mine was going to Paris. He kindly offered to go inside the train station and take tons of pictures for me, from the side walls to the entrances/exits. When he finally sent me the pictures I saw "it" for the first time. The side walls of Gare de Lyon were painted the shade of green I had seen in my dream.

And to be truthful... up until that moment, I feel foolish telling you, I didn't know. I thought I picked, purely happenstantially, this specific station because of the green plants. And now I had actual confirmation from hundreds of photos.

Gare de Lyon is green! Wondering what shade of green it is? Just look at the cover of the book.

I hope to write more soon, and as my grandma always says, "Never give up!"