About The Author

Neal signs books at one of his workshops

Neal Brownell The Crazy Inventor

Hi, I’m Neal Brownell The Crazy Inventor and my life has taught me that people are good, people are really good. I have known this since I was a young boy. At that time I started searching for a way I could show people how amazing they are.  A few years ago I finally got the answer, but it came in a very strange way. That revelation is what led me to write The Doorway – To A Lifetime Of Freedom.


Neal Brownell is a multi-faceted individual.  Being an inventor at heart, his interests are many.  What makes him the happiest, though, is bringing out the special gifts in a person that they might not have even realized were there.

This is what led him to write his book, The Doorway – To A Lifetime Of Freedom. It engages readers of all ages so that they internalize, understand, believe, and then are able to act on the knowledge that all people are exceptionally special. The Doorway asks questions you probably never even thought of asking to show the reader that each and every one of us has extraordinary gifts given to us at birth. Entwined with the questions are also real-life stories about seemingly unremarkable people doing extraordinary things.

Neal was born in Wichita, Kansas. His parents worked for Boeing, and it was like having parents in the military, because Boeing moved the family frequently. Before he was 11, he had lived in Kansas, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania, finally settling in Millbrook, New York. In the book, there is a story about Neal’s younger years that gives you more insight into why he wrote The Doorway – To A Lifetime Of Freedom.

Neal is the inventor of “The Bandit ™”, a basketball shooting accuracy trainer that puts your arm in the proper shooting position every time.  This device can be used by beginners and advanced players as well.  For ten years he and his late wife Debra ran Brownell Enterprises, selling The Bandit ™ and a number of programs he wrote to coach kids interested in playing basketball.  He has also coached basketball on an individual basis. Neal strongly believes that sports are extremely beneficial for a child’s development – both physically and mentally.

Neal loves helping people to better their lives. He currently lives in the Catskills with his second wife, Linda and their two Pit Bull mixes: Mercy and Mr. Brown. At a time when we as a people are dividing ourselves in every conceivable way, Neal Brownell’s book, The Doorway – To A Lifetime Of Freedom, brings a timeless message of love and understanding. The Doorway conveys the importance of not only accepting the people around you, but also the vital importance of accepting yourself.