My father was a golden boy from a very small town. He won a very prestigious law scholarship to NYU Law School, and there in Greenwich Village, he met my mother, who was very young, fresh off the boat from Germany.
I myself am consummately middle class. We grew up in upper-middle-class suburbs in Oklahoma City, and that's very much the same ethos as what Richard Yates and John Cheever wrote about.
I write literary biographies, so above all, I have to love the subject's books. But choosing a subject is tough.
If possible, be funny.
With literary biographies, you're either shelved with other biographies or next to your subject's fiction.