MyKara Thomas, a seventh-grader at East Feliciana Middle School in Clinton, recently became a published illustrator.

She provided illustrations for the children’s book “The Rooster Did Not Crow” by Delores C. McClay.

The young illustrator’s career began while attending Sunday morning service at Asbury United Methodist Church in Clinton.

McClay, who also is the pastor’s wife, approached MyKara and asked if the girl would illustrate the book for her.

MyKara said she did not hesitate to accept the offer and said she looks forward to illustrating more books in the future.

MyKara said she always has loved drawing and coloring but has long dreamed of a career in the fashion industry. She wants to design clothes and open her own business someday.